UK [ˈædʌmˌbreɪt] / US [ˈædəmˌbreɪt] / US [əˈdʌmˌbreɪt] verb [transitive]
Word forms "adumbrate":
present tense I/you/we/they adumbrate he/she/it adumbrates present participle adumbrating past tense adumbrated past participle adumbrated formal
to give a description of something that includes general points about it, but no details

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  • Adumbrate — Ad*um brate, v. t. [L. adumbratus, p. p. of adumbrare; ad + umbrare to shade; umbra shadow.] [1913 Webster] 1. To give a faint shadow or slight representation of; to outline; to shadow forth. [1913 Webster] Both in the vastness and the richness… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adumbrate — index blind (obscure), camouflage, hint, obfuscate, obnubilate, obscure, portend, portray …   Law dictionary

  • adumbrate — (v.) to outline, to sketch, 1580s, from L. adumbratus sketched, shadowed in outline, pp. of adumbrare to represent (a thing) in outline (see ADUMBRATION (Cf. adumbration)). Meaning to overshadow is 1660s. Related: Adumbrated; adumbrating …   Etymology dictionary

  • adumbrate — *suggest, shadow Analogous words: symbolize, typify, emblematize (see corresponding nouns at SYMBOL): signify, denote, *mean …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • adumbrate — ► VERB formal 1) give a faint or general idea of. 2) foreshadow. DERIVATIVES adumbration noun. ORIGIN Latin adumbrare shade, overshadow …   English terms dictionary

  • adumbrate — [ad um′brāt΄, ad′əm brāt΄] vt. adumbrated, adumbrating [< L adumbratus, pp. of adumbrari, to shade < ad , to + umbra, SHADE] 1. to outline in a shadowy way; sketch 2. to suggest beforehand; foreshadow in a vague way 3. to obscure;… …   English World dictionary

  • adumbrate — transitive verb ( brated; brating) Etymology: Latin adumbratus, past participle of adumbrare, from ad + umbra shadow more at umbrage Date: 1581 1. to foreshadow vaguely ; intimate 2. to sugge …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • adumbrate — adumbration, n. /a dum brayt, ad euhm brayt /, v.t., adumbrated, adumbrating. 1. to produce a faint image or resemblance of; to outline or sketch. 2. to foreshadow; prefigure. 3. to darken or conceal partially; overshadow. [1575 85; < L… …   Universalium

  • adumbrate — verb a) To foreshadow vaguely. b) To give a vague outline …   Wiktionary

  • adumbrate — Synonyms and related words: allude to, argue, augur, auspicate, becloud, bedim, bespeak, betoken, block out, bode, body forth, call, chalk out, characterize, cloud, darken, demonstrate, denote, dim, draft, drop a hint, embody, exemplify, figure,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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