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ad·um·brate

 (ăd′əm-brāt′, ə-dŭm′-)
tr.v. ad·um·brat·ed, ad·um·brat·ing, ad·um·brates
1. To give a sketchy outline of.
2. To prefigure indistinctly; foreshadow.
3. To disclose partially or guardedly.
4. To overshadow; shadow or obscure.

[Latin adumbrāre, adumbrāt-, to represent in outline : ad-, ad- + umbra, shadow.]

ad′um·bra′tion n.
ad·um′bra·tive (ə-dŭm′brə-tĭv) adj.
ad·um′bra·tive·ly adv.

adumbrate

(ˈædʌmˌbreɪt)
vb (tr)
1. to outline; give a faint indication of
2. to foreshadow
3. to overshadow; obscure
[C16: from Latin adumbrātus represented only in outline, from adumbrāre to cast a shadow on, from umbra shadow]
ˌadumˈbration n
adumbrative adj
adˈumbratively adv

ad•um•brate

(æˈdʌm breɪt, ˈæd əmˌbreɪt)

v.t. -brat•ed, -brat•ing.
1. to give a faint image or indication of; outline or sketch.
2. to foreshadow; prefigure, esp. in an indistinct or formless way.
3. to darken or conceal partially; overshadow.
[1575–85; < Latin adumbrātus, past participle of adumbrāre to shade, outline =ad- ad- + umbrāre to cast a shadow, derivative of umbra shadow]
ad`um•bra′tion, n.
ad•um′bra•tive, adj.
ad•um′bra•tive•ly, adv.

adumbrate

- Means "to give a sketchy outline or disclose only in part; hint," and its root is Latin umbra, "shadow."
See also related terms for hint.

adumbrate


Past participle: adumbrated
Gerund: adumbrating

Imperative
adumbrate
adumbrate
Present
I adumbrate
you adumbrate
he/she/it adumbrates
we adumbrate
you adumbrate
they adumbrate
Preterite
I adumbrated
you adumbrated
he/she/it adumbrated
we adumbrated
you adumbrated
they adumbrated
Present Continuous
I am adumbrating
you are adumbrating
he/she/it is adumbrating
we are adumbrating
you are adumbrating
they are adumbrating
Present Perfect
I have adumbrated
you have adumbrated
he/she/it has adumbrated
we have adumbrated
you have adumbrated
they have adumbrated
Past Continuous
I was adumbrating
you were adumbrating
he/she/it was adumbrating
we were adumbrating
you were adumbrating
they were adumbrating
Past Perfect
I had adumbrated
you had adumbrated
he/she/it had adumbrated
we had adumbrated
you had adumbrated
they had adumbrated
Future
I will adumbrate
you will adumbrate
he/she/it will adumbrate
we will adumbrate
you will adumbrate
they will adumbrate
Future Perfect
I will have adumbrated
you will have adumbrated
he/she/it will have adumbrated
we will have adumbrated
you will have adumbrated
they will have adumbrated
Future Continuous
I will be adumbrating
you will be adumbrating
he/she/it will be adumbrating
we will be adumbrating
you will be adumbrating
they will be adumbrating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been adumbrating
you have been adumbrating
he/she/it has been adumbrating
we have been adumbrating
you have been adumbrating
they have been adumbrating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been adumbrating
you will have been adumbrating
he/she/it will have been adumbrating
we will have been adumbrating
you will have been adumbrating
they will have been adumbrating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been adumbrating
you had been adumbrating
he/she/it had been adumbrating
we had been adumbrating
you had been adumbrating
they had been adumbrating
Conditional
I would adumbrate
you would adumbrate
he/she/it would adumbrate
we would adumbrate
you would adumbrate
they would adumbrate
Past Conditional
I would have adumbrated
you would have adumbrated
he/she/it would have adumbrated
we would have adumbrated
you would have adumbrated
they would have adumbrated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.adumbrate - describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary ofadumbrate - describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of; "sketch the outline of the book"; "outline his ideas"
describe, depict, draw - give a description of; "He drew an elaborate plan of attack"
block out - indicate roughly; "We sketched out our plan"
2.adumbrate - give to understand; "I insinuated that I did not like his wife"
hint, suggest - drop a hint; intimate by a hint

adumbrate

verb
1. To give an indication of something in advance:
2. To draw up a preliminary plan or version of:
block in (or out), draft, outline, rough in (or out), sketch.
3. To make dark or darker:
Translations

adumbrate

[ˈædʌmbreɪt] VT (frm) → bosquejar; (= foreshadow) → presagiar, anunciar

adumbrate

vt (liter)
(= outline) theoryumreißen
(= foreshadow) coming eventankündigen
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