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

 

obscure

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verb
BrE BrE//əbˈskjʊə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əbˈskjʊr//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they obscure
BrE BrE//əbˈskjʊə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əbˈskjʊr//
 
he / she / it obscures
BrE BrE//əbˈskjʊəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əbˈskjʊrz//
 
past simple obscured
BrE BrE//əbˈskjʊəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əbˈskjʊrd//
 
past participle obscured
BrE BrE//əbˈskjʊəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əbˈskjʊrd//
 
-ing form obscuring
BrE BrE//əbˈskjʊərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//əbˈskjʊrɪŋ//
 
 
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obscure something to make it difficult to see, hear or understand something The view was obscured by fog. We mustn't let these minor details obscure the main issue. A shadow fell across her face, obscuring her expression. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French obscur, from Latin obscurus ‘dark’, from an Indo-European root meaning ‘cover’.Extra examples All trace of his working-class background was deliberately obscured. Solo passages in this register are very easily obscured by other instruments. The emphasis on social integration often served to obscure the real differences within the community. The house was obscured from view by a high hedge. The moon was obscured behind a wall of cloud. The right-hand side of the face is obscured in deep shadow. These figures obscure the fact that a lot of older people live in great poverty.
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