Verb adumbrate Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


adumbrate (third-person singular simple present adumbrates, present participle adumbrating, simple past and past participle adumbrated)

  1. To foreshadow vaguely.
  2. To give a vague outline.
  3. To obscure or overshadow.
To foreshadow vaguely.
To give a vague outline.
To obscure or overshadow.

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

1. to outline; give a faint indication of

2. to foreshadow

3. to overshadow; obscure Derived Formsadumbration, nounadumbrative (ædˈʌmbrətɪv) adjectiveadumbratively, adverb Word OriginC16, from Latin adumbrātus represented only in outline, from adumbrāre to cast a shadow on, from umbra shadowCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
"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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