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outline

noun [C or U]
 
 
/ˈaʊtlaɪn/
a description of the main facts about something, for example a new plan or idea: The outline calls for city government to lead by example, as well as to encourage the private sector to embrace conservation. Terms of the deal between NATO and the European Union seem clear in outline, although agreeing on details may prove more difficult.the outline(s) of a deal/proposal/settlement, etc. Officials agree that the broad outlines of a deal on agriculture need to be in place by July.the outline(s) of what/why/how, etc. Fund managers have been asked to prepare a document containing an outline of how investment professionals make decisions.broad/brief/general outline(s) The House Speaker endorsed the broad outlines of the new taxation program.an outline for change/reform/the future In spite of a tight deadline, the working party succeeded in delivering a practical and common-sense outline for reform. an outline agreement/deal
a series of lines or shapes on a drawing or diagram that show the general appearance of something, for example, a building, machine, etc.: Figure 8 shows the outline of the proposed extension. an outline design
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