outline UK US /ˈaʊtlaɪn/ verb [T]
to describe something, for example a new plan or idea, in a general way without giving too many details: »

The government has outlined a series of environmental goals it is seeking to meet by 2020.

(be) outlined in sth »

Recommendations outlined in the recent report have angered investors.

outline a plan/proposal/strategy »

Senior figures from the energy industry will hold a public meeting to outline plans to build a $300m plant.

outline the terms of sth »

The Department of Agriculture yesterday outlined the terms of a new consent agreement.

(be) outlined by sb/sth »

The commission's position was outlined by its general counsel, Julie Hodgkins.

(be) outlined above/below »

When planning objectives, it's a good idea to use a checklist to ensure that you meet the criteria outlined above.

outline how/what/when, etc. »

The Pensions Board will be obliged to outline how future pensions systems might operate.

if a drawing or diagram outlines something, it shows its general appearance or shape: »

Maps filed with the Planning Commission outline a 154,000-square-foot hospital that could eventually be on the site's northern end.

outline UK US /ˈaʊtlaɪn/ noun [C or U]
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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  • outline# — outline n 1 Outline, contour, proñle, skyline, silhouette mean the boundary lines which give form or shape to a body, a mass, or a figure. Outline refers to a line which marks or seems to mark the outer edge or limits of a thing {at night, the… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • outline — [out′līn΄] n. 1. a line bounding the limits of an object, showing its shape; contour line 2. a sketch showing only the contours of an object without use of shading 3. [also pl.] a general plan without detail 4. a summary of a subject, consisting… …   English World dictionary

  • Outline — Out line , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Outlined}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Outlining}.] 1. To draw the outline of. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: To sketch out or indicate as by an outline; to create a general framework of (a plan, system, discourse, course of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Outline — Out line , n. 1. (a) The line which marks the outer limits of an object or figure; the exterior line or edge; contour. (b) In art: A line drawn by pencil, pen, graver, or the like, by which the boundary of a figure is indicated. (c) A sketch… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • outline — I (boundary) noun ambit, border, bounds, bourn, brink, circuit, circumference, circumscription, compass, confine, contour, demarcation, edge, edging, external form, extrema lineamenta, extremity, frame, fringes, frontier, limitations, limits,… …   Law dictionary

  • outline — [n1] plan, sketch bare facts*, blueprint, diagram, draft, drawing, floor plan, frame, framework, ground plan, layout, main features, recapitulation, résumé, rough draft, rough idea, rundown, skeleton, summary, synopsis, thumbnail sketch*,… …   New thesaurus

  • Outline —   [dt. Umriss], Schriftattribut …   Universal-Lexikon

  • outline — ► NOUN 1) a line or lines enclosing or indicating the shape of an object in a sketch or diagram. 2) the contours or outer edges of an object. 3) a general plan showing essential features but no detail. ► VERB 1) draw or define the outer edge or… …   English terms dictionary

  • outline — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 line that shows the shape/outside edge of sb/sth ADJECTIVE ▪ clear, sharp ▪ The sharp outline of the island had become blurred. ▪ dim, faint, vague …   Collocations dictionary

  • outline — out|line1 [ˈautlaın] n 1.) [U and C] the main ideas or facts about something, without the details ▪ a research proposal outline outline of ▪ an outline of world history broad/rough/general outline ▪ a broad outline of the committee s plans in… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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