Adumbrate meaning

ădəm-brāt, ə-dŭm-
The definition of adumbrate is to suggest beforehand or to vaguely foreshadow.

An example of adumbrate is to introduce minor clues into the text of a murder mystery novel.

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To give a sketchy outline of.
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To prefigure indistinctly; foreshadow.
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To disclose partially or guardedly.
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To overshadow; shadow or obscure.
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To outline in a shadowy way; sketch.
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To suggest beforehand; foreshadow in a vague way.
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To obscure; overshadow.
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To give a vague outline.
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Origin of adumbrate

  • Latin adumbrāre adumbrāt- to represent in outline ad- ad- umbra shadow

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin adumbrātus "represented in outline", from adumbrāre "cast a shadow on", from umbra "shadow".

    From Wiktionary