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Borrowing from Latin adumbrātus (represented in outline), from adumbrāre (cast a shadow on), from umbra (shadow).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈædʌmˌbɹeɪt/

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adumbrate (third-person singular simple present adumbrates, present participle adumbrating, simple past and past participle adumbrated)

  1. To foreshadow vaguely.
  2. To give a vague outline.
    • 1996, John M. Cooper, "Introduction" in Plato: Complete Works, Hackett, p. xxii:
      Accordingly, even though readers always and understandably speak of the theories adumbrated by Socrates here as "Plato's theories", one ought not to speak of them so without some compunction--the writing itself, and also Plato the author, present these always in a spirit of open-ended exploration, and sometimes there are contextual clues indicating that Socrates exaggerates or goes what the argument truly justifies, and so on.
  3. To obscure or overshadow.
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adumbrāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of adumbrō