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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·tive (ə-dŭm′brə-tĭv) adj.
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]
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]
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.
Past participle: adumbrated
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|Verb||1.||adumbrate - describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of; "sketch the outline of the book"; "outline his ideas"|
block out - indicate roughly; "We sketched out our plan"
|2.||adumbrate - give to understand; "I insinuated that I did not like his wife"|
1. To give an indication of something in advance:
2. To draw up a preliminary plan or version of: