outline


outline
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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an outline design


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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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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