Definition of Outline by Merriam-Webster

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The pictures were drawn in outline and then filled in with color.

The leaves etched into the vase have a gold outline.

Organize your essay by writing an outline in which you state your main idea followed by your supporting points.

a brief outline of American history

Her speech was written in outline on note cards.


The President outlined his agenda for the next term.

The book outlines the major events of the country’s history.

All players must follow the rules outlined above.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This highlights the edges of images with an outline or halo.

Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 8 Aug. 2021

Biden’s budget request, which is also little more than an outline of spending priorities, did not cut from the $440 million in annual funding that charter schools have received in recent years.

Katie Lobosco, CNN, 20 July 2021

Biden and that group had agreed to an outline of that measure last month, and bargainers are hoping to craft a compromise bill in coming days.

Alan Fram And Lisa Mascaro,, 14 July 2021

Biden and that group had agreed to an outline of that measure last month, and bargainers are hoping to craft a compromise bill in coming days.

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Biden and that group had agreed to an outline of that measure last month.

Alan Fram, Anchorage Daily News, 14 July 2021

Because Pulaski County established vote centers for the 2020 election, poll workers were instructed to use electronic poll books to look up voters, according to the order’s outline of the case.

Rachel Herzog, Arkansas Online, 2 July 2021

The board heard an outline of the three-year strategic plan for its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative; and approved a resolution recognizing June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month.

Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 June 2021

The deal would be $953 billion in spending over five years, including $559 billion in new spending on core infrastructure including roads and bridges, public transit, airports and waterways, according to an outline obtained by Forbes.

Andrew Solender, Forbes, 24 June 2021

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Potential Iranian regional allies such as Israel and Saudi Arabia, which are at the cutting edge of water security, can publicly outline plans to reverse Iran’s catastrophic water shortage.

Victoria Coates, National Review, 2 Aug. 2021

More important to Yelp is what could happen next: In the coming months, Google must outline remedies to include listings from competitors in local search results.

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New York Times, 29 July 2021

According to Paraskevopoulos, the plan will outline goals and lead multiple initiatives to improve local preservation.

Rachel Smith, The Enquirer, 30 June 2021

If your environment feels like a volcano that is ready to erupt, clearly outline those pressures, but also highlight higher-than-market compensation or special benefits.

Expert Panel®, Forbes, 21 June 2021

Guidelines in the Trails Master Plan outline a 2.4-mile from the I-5 bridge east across the bluff top to Cannon Road, in a loop with view points, shade structures, picnic tables and other amenities.

Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 June 2021

Friday’s budget will outline spending and revenue plans for the next 10 years, and include more detailed policy proposals, as well as funding requests for every federal agency and program.

Kate Davidson, WSJ, 27 May 2021

The network will outline its full 2021-22 plans during its annual presentation to advertisers on Tuesday.

Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, 14 May 2021

Harris, according to the excerpts, will broadly outline how the administration thinks the U.S. and other nations should consider focusing their attention.

Aamer Madhani, ajc, 26 Apr. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word ‘outline.’ Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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