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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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British Dictionary definitions for adumbration

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 adumbration
n.

1530s, from Latin adumbrationem (nominative adumbratio) "a sketch in shadow, sketch, outline," noun of action from past participle stem of adumbrare "to cast a shadow, overshadow, represent (a thing) in outline," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + umbrare "to cast in shadow," from PIE *andho- "blind, dark" (see umbrage).

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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