Definition of adumbrate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

adumbrate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈædəmbreɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈædəmbreɪt//
 
, also NAmE//əˈdembreɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they adumbrate
BrE BrE//ˈædəmbreɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈædəmbreɪt//
 
, also NAmE//əˈdembreɪt//
 
he / she / it adumbrates
BrE BrE//ˈædəmbreɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈædəmbreɪts//
 
, NAmE//əˈdembreɪts//
 
past simple adumbrated
BrE BrE//ˈædəmbreɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈædəmbreɪtɪd//
 
, NAmE//əˈdembreɪtɪd//
 
past participle adumbrated
BrE BrE//ˈædəmbreɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈædəmbreɪtɪd//
 
, NAmE//əˈdembreɪtɪd//
 
-ing form adumbrating
BrE BrE//ˈædəmbreɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈædəmbreɪtɪŋ//
 
, NAmE//əˈdembreɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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adumbrate something (formal) to give a general idea or description of something without details synonym outline Word Origin late 16th cent.: from Latin adumbrat- ‘shaded’, from the verb adumbrare, from ad- ‘to’ (as an intensifier) + umbrare ‘cast a shadow’ (from umbra ‘shade’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: adumbrate