V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to give the main points or a summary of something; 2. to give a hint of things to come; 3. to give only an outline of something without revealing everything

Synonyms: summarize, indicate, outline, foreshadow, intimate, obscure, conceal

Antonyms: reveal [in full]

Tips: Adumbrate comes from the word umbra, "shade." This is also the source for the word umbrella. Think of keeping something covered with an umbrella or hidden in the shadows. When you adumbrate, you only give part of the story and hint at something, concealing the details.

Usage Examples:

I'm sorry I had to adumbrate the details, but I wasn't able to give you the full story at that time. (summarize, obscure)

Her weak smile adumbrated her true feelings. (concealed, obscured)

The report didn't disclose the full details of the plan, but adumbrated the general point. (indicated, intimated)

I would appreciate it if you could adumbrate your marketing plan for next year. (outline, foreshadow)

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