Adumbrate Definition

ădəm-brāt, ə-dŭm-
adumbrated, adumbrates, adumbrating
verb
adumbrated, adumbrates, adumbrating
To outline in a shadowy way; sketch.
Webster's New World
To prefigure indistinctly; foreshadow.
American Heritage
To suggest beforehand; foreshadow in a vague way.
Webster's New World
To disclose partially or guardedly.
American Heritage
To obscure; overshadow.
Webster's New World
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Origin of Adumbrate

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

    From Wiktionary

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

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

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