adumbrate

[ a-duhm-breyt, ad-uh m-breyt ]
/ æˈdʌm breɪt, ˈæd əmˌbreɪt /

verb (used with object), ad·um·brat·ed, ad·um·brat·ing.

to produce a faint image or resemblance of; to outline or sketch.
to foreshadow; prefigure.
to darken or conceal partially; overshadow.

Origin of adumbrate

1575–85; < Latin adumbrātus shaded (past participle of adumbrāre), equivalent to ad- ad- + umbr(a) shade, shadow + -ātus -ate1
Related formsad·um·bra·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for adumbrate

adumbrate

/ (ˈædʌmˌbreɪt) /

verb (tr)

to outline; give a faint indication of
to foreshadow
to overshadow; obscure
Derived Formsadumbration, nounadumbrative (ædˈʌmbrətɪv), adjectiveadumbratively, adverb

Word Origin for adumbrate

C16: from Latin adumbrātus represented only in outline, from adumbrāre to cast a shadow on, from umbra shadow
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Word Origin and History for adumbrate

adumbrate


v.

"to outline, to sketch," 1580s, from Latin adumbratus "sketched, shadowed in outline," past participle of adumbrare "to represent (a thing) in outline" (see adumbration). Meaning "to overshadow" is 1660s. Related: Adumbrated; adumbrating.

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