verb (used with object), ad·um·brat·ed, ad·um·brat·ing.
Origin of adumbrate
Examples from the Web for adumbrate
There had, in truth, scarcely yet been time enough to adumbrate the possibilities opened up by this gentleman's return.A Laodicean|Thomas Hardy
One could adumbrate triumph or disaster by the effort, sustained or otherwise, made by them.The Soul of Susan Yellam|Horace Annesley Vachell
But it is now time to state, or rather faintly to adumbrate, the grand assumption of this singular work.
Feeble is human speech to deal with such high matters, serving, at the best, but dimly to adumbrate ineffable truths.
A type is a symbol appointed by God to adumbrate something higher in the future, which is called the antitype.Companion to the Bible|E. P. Barrows
British Dictionary definitions for adumbrate
Word Origin for adumbrate
Word Origin and History for adumbrate
"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.