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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [a-duhm-breyt, ad-uh m-breyt]
    • /æˈdʌm breɪt, ˈæd əmˌbreɪt/
    • /ˈæd.əm.breɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [a-duhm-breyt, ad-uh m-breyt]
    • /æˈdʌm breɪt, ˈæd əmˌbreɪt/

Definitions of adumbrate word

  • verb adumbrate to outline; give a faint indication of 3
  • verb adumbrate to foreshadow 3
  • verb adumbrate to overshadow; obscure 3
  • verb transitive adumbrate to outline in a shadowy way; sketch 3
  • verb transitive adumbrate to suggest beforehand; foreshadow in a vague way 3
  • verb transitive adumbrate to obscure; overshadow 3

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Origin of adumbrate

First appearance:

before 1575
One of the 34% oldest English words
1575-85; < Latin adumbrātus shaded (past participle of adumbrāre), equivalent to ad- ad- + umbr(a) shade, shadow + -ātus -ate1

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adumbrate popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 70% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for adumbrate

verb adumbrate

  • sketch — a simply or hastily executed drawing or painting, especially a preliminary one, giving the essential features without the details.
  • darken — If something darkens or if a person or thing darkens it, it becomes darker.
  • outline — the line by which a figure or object is defined or bounded; contour.
  • intimate — associated in close personal relations: an intimate friend.
  • mist — a cloudlike aggregation of minute globules of water suspended in the atmosphere at or near the earth's surface, reducing visibility to a lesser degree than fog.

Antonyms for adumbrate

verb adumbrate

  • illuminate — to make lucid or clear; throw light on (a subject).

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