adumbrate (v.) "to outline, to sketch," 1580s, from L. adumbratus "sketched, shadowed in outline," pp. of adumbrare "to represent (a thing) in outline" (see ADUMBRATION (Cf. adumbration)). Meaning "to overshadow" is 1660s. Related: Adumbrated; adumbrating.

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  • Adumbrate — Ad*um brate, v. t. [L. adumbratus, p. p. of adumbrare; ad + umbrare to shade; umbra shadow.] [1913 Webster] 1. To give a faint shadow or slight representation of; to outline; to shadow forth. [1913 Webster] Both in the vastness and the richness… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adumbrate — index blind (obscure), camouflage, hint, obfuscate, obnubilate, obscure, portend, portray …   Law dictionary

  • adumbrate — *suggest, shadow Analogous words: symbolize, typify, emblematize (see corresponding nouns at SYMBOL): signify, denote, *mean …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • adumbrate — ► VERB formal 1) give a faint or general idea of. 2) foreshadow. DERIVATIVES adumbration noun. ORIGIN Latin adumbrare shade, overshadow …   English terms dictionary

  • adumbrate — [ad um′brāt΄, ad′əm brāt΄] vt. adumbrated, adumbrating [< L adumbratus, pp. of adumbrari, to shade < ad , to + umbra, SHADE] 1. to outline in a shadowy way; sketch 2. to suggest beforehand; foreshadow in a vague way 3. to obscure;… …   English World dictionary

  • adumbrate — UK [ˈædʌmˌbreɪt] / US [ˈædəmˌbreɪt] / US [əˈdʌmˌbreɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms adumbrate : present tense I/you/we/they adumbrate he/she/it adumbrates present participle adumbrating past tense adumbrated past participle adumbrated formal to… …   English dictionary

  • adumbrate — transitive verb ( brated; brating) Etymology: Latin adumbratus, past participle of adumbrare, from ad + umbra shadow more at umbrage Date: 1581 1. to foreshadow vaguely ; intimate 2. to sugge …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • adumbrate — adumbration, n. /a dum brayt, ad euhm brayt /, v.t., 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. [1575 85; < L… …   Universalium

  • adumbrate — verb a) To foreshadow vaguely. b) To give a vague outline …   Wiktionary

  • adumbrate — Synonyms and related words: allude to, argue, augur, auspicate, becloud, bedim, bespeak, betoken, block out, bode, body forth, call, chalk out, characterize, cloud, darken, demonstrate, denote, dim, draft, drop a hint, embody, exemplify, figure,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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