[a-duhm-breyt, ad-uh m-breyt]

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.

Nearby words

  1. adulterous,
  2. adultery,
  3. adultescent,
  4. adulthood,
  5. adumbral,
  6. adumbration,
  7. adumbrative,
  8. adunc,
  9. adust,
  10. aduwa

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for adumbration


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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