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Definition of the verb adumbrate

What does adumbrate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: adumbrated | adumbrating | adumbrates

  1. describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of
  2. give to understand

Alternative definition of the verb adumbrate


  1. To foreshadow vaguely.
  2. To give a vague outline.
  3. To obscure or overshadow.

Definition of the verb adumbrate for high school students

    to sketch out in a vague way
    • example: The coach adumbrated a game plan, but none of the players knew precisely what to do.

The verb adumbrate is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for adumbrate

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Google previewPromise of Democracy, The (2010)

Political Agency and Transformation by Fred Dallmayr

What the preceding comments adumbrate is a theoretical relationship that is recalcitrant both ...

Google previewI Always Look Up the Word Egregious (1981)

by Nurnberg

Adumbrate means to foreshadow, suggest, and predict, as well as to outline, to sketch lightly. Other words with the same root are: penumbra, the area in an eclipse where an intervening body cuts off the light partly (pen, from paena, almost, ...

Google previewSaxon art and industry in the pagan period (1915)

by Gerard Baldwin Brown

Leeds seems to adumbrate is a plausible one, that genuine Jutes from Jutland, headed by the sept that later on furnished the Kentish royal house the genealogy of which is thoroughly northern, filtering as it were ...

Google previewA Complete Dictionary of the English Language, Both with Regard to Sound and Meaning (1790)

by Thomas Sheridan

ADUMBRANT, adumbrate. a. That which gives a slight resemblance. To ADUMBRATE, adumbrate. v. a. To shadow out, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Entomology (2011)


Google previewCrossword Puzzle Dictionary (2015)

by Murali Mohan Hundigam

endow, donate, impart, present, assign Give a detailed account of—narrate Give a false account of—misrepresent Give a false impression of—misstate Give a fresh look to—furbish Give a general idea of—adumbrate Give a hint—tip Give a ...

Google previewThe Lexicon (1998)

by William Frank Buckley

Edward Bennett Williams introduced to the jury a man who happens to be a Communist Party-liner in international affairs and an adulator of Nikita Khrushchev, adumbrate (verb) To foreshadow, symbolize, or prefigure in a not altogether ...

Google previewBibliophile's Dictionary (2005)

by Miles Westley

Moreau adumbrate ( A duhm BRAYT, also a DUHM BRAYT) - v. to give a sketchy outline, 2. to foreshadow vaguely, 3. to obscure, overshadow, 4. adj. in a shadow or shadows. Light and Shade piebald (PY BOLD ) ...

Google previewA Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language (1885)

by Walter William Skeat

adumbrate. (L.) From pp. of L. adumbrare, to cast shadow over , shadow forth. — L. ad, to ; umbra, shadow. umbel, an umbrella-like form of a flower. (L.) L. umbclla, a parasol ; dimin. of umbra, a shade. umber. (F. - Ital. - Lat.) ...

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms (1984)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

silhouette, contour, *outline shadow vb * suggest, adumbrate Ana *foretell, forecast, predict, prognosticate: *foresee, foreknow, ...

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