meaning of adumbrate

adumbrate meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"to describe, to sketch," 1580s, from Latin adumbratus "sketched, shadowed in overview," past participle of adumbrare "to express (anything) in overview" (see adumbration). Indicating "to overshadow" is 1660s. Associated: Adumbrated; adumbrating.


adumbrate meaning in General Dictionary

describe roughly or quickly or supply the main points or summary of

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  • give understand
  • To give a faint shadow or slight representation of; to overview; to shadow forth.
  • To overshadow; to shade.

adumbrate meaning in General Dictionary

(v. t.) To offer a faint shadow or small representation of; to overview; to shadow forth.

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  • (v. t.) To overshadow; to shade.