The definition of adumbrate is to suggest beforehand or to vaguely foreshadow.(verb)
An example of adumbrate is to introduce minor clues into the text of a murder mystery novel.
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transitive verb ad·um·brat·ed, ad·um·brat·ing, ad·um·brates
Origin: Latin adumbrāre, adumbrāt-, to represent in outline
Origin: : ad-, ad-
Origin: + umbra, shadow.
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