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Definitions for adumbrate
æˈdʌm breɪt, ˈæd əmˌbreɪtad·um·brate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sketch, outline, adumbrateverb

    describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of

    "sketch the outline of the book"; "outline his ideas"

  2. intimate, adumbrate, insinuateverb

    give to understand

    "I insinuated that I did not like his wife"


  1. adumbrateverb

    To foreshadow vaguely.

  2. adumbrateverb

    To give a vague outline.

  3. adumbrateverb

    To obscure or overshadow.

  4. Etymology: Latin adumbrātus "represented in outline", from adumbrāre "cast a shadow on", from umbra "shadow".

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ADUMBRATEverb

    To shadow out; to give a slight likeness; to exhibit a faint resemblance, like that which shadows afford of the bodies which they represent.

    Etymology: adumbro, Lat.

    Heaven is designed for our reward, as well as rescue; and therefore is adumbrated by all those positive excellencies, which can endear or recommend. Decay of Piety.


  1. adumbrate

    Adumbrate is a verb that means to outline, sketch, or give a faint indication or preliminary representation of something. It can also refer to foreshadowing or suggesting something that is to come. It can be used in the context of hinting or partially revealing future events, plans, or ideas.

  2. adumbrate

    Adumbrate is a verb that generally means to give a rough or partial outline or summary of something, or to foreshadow, suggest, or intimate something to come. It can also refer to overshadowing or making something less distinct or clear.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adumbrateverb

    to give a faint shadow or slight representation of; to outline; to shadow forth

  2. Adumbrateverb

    to overshadow; to shade

  3. Etymology: [L. adumbratus, p. p. of adumbrare; ad + umbrare to shade; umbra shadow.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Adumbrate

    ad-um′brāt, or ad′-, v.t. to give a faint shadow of: to exhibit imperfectly.—adjs. Adum′brant, Adum′brative, adumbrating or giving a faint shadow.—n. Adumbrā′tion. [L. adumbratus, adumbrāread, to, umbra, a shadow.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of adumbrate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of adumbrate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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