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adumbrate

[ ad-uhm-breyt, a-duhm-breyt ]
/ 藞忙d 蓹m藢bre瑟t, 忙藞d蕦m bre瑟t /
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verb (used with object), ad路um路brat路ed, ad路um路brat路ing.
to produce a faint image or resemblance of; to outline or sketch.
to foreshadow; prefigure.
to darken or conceal partially; overshadow.
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Origin of adumbrate

First recorded in 1575鈥85; from Latin adumbr膩tus 鈥渟haded鈥 (past participle of adumbr膩re ), equivalent to ad- ad- + umbr(a) 鈥渟hade, shadow鈥 + -膩tus -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM adumbrate

ad路um路bra路tion [ad-uhm-brey-shuhn], /藢忙d 蓹m藞bre瑟 蕛蓹n/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for adumbrate

adumbrate
/ (藞忙d蕦m藢bre瑟t) /

verb (tr)
to outline; give a faint indication of
to foreshadow
to overshadow; obscure

Derived forms of adumbrate

adumbration, nounadumbrative (忙d藞蕦mbr蓹t瑟v), adjectiveadumbratively, adverb

Word Origin for adumbrate

C16: from Latin adumbr膩tus represented only in outline, from adumbr膩re to cast a shadow on, from umbra shadow
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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