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adumbrate

[a-duhm-breyt, ad-uh m-breyt] /æˈdʌm breɪt, ˈæd əmˌbreɪt/
verb (used with object), adumbrated, adumbrating.
1.
to produce a faint image or resemblance of; to outline or sketch.
2.
to foreshadow; prefigure.
3.
to darken or conceal partially; overshadow.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Latin adumbrātus shaded (past participle of adumbrāre), equivalent to ad- ad- + umbr(a) shade, shadow + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
adumbration, noun
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Examples for adumbrate
  • Haze's paint scheme seems to annotate, articulate and adumbrate the car's shape.
British Dictionary definitions for adumbrate

adumbrate

/ˈædʌmˌbreɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to outline; give a faint indication of
2.
to foreshadow
3.
to overshadow; obscure
Derived Forms
adumbration, noun
adumbrative (ædˈʌmbrətɪv) adjective
adumbratively, adverb
Word Origin
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
"to outline, to sketch," 1580s, from L. adumbrat-, pp. stem of adumbrare "to cast a shadow," also "to represent (a thing) in outline" (see adumbration).
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