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adumbrate \AD-uhm-brayt; uh-DUHM-\, transitive verb:

1. To give a sketchy or slight representation of; to outline.
2. To foreshadow in a vague way.
3. To suggest, indicate, or disclose partially.
4. To cast a shadow over; to shade; to obscure.


The next day, when the year that had passed had been fully gone over and the hope for the year to come had been cautiously adumbrated, the delicate moment arrived when Ben Attar had to decide how to apportion the year's profit among the three partners.
-- Abraham B. Yehoshua, A Journey to the End of the Millennium

Thus, in his choice of themes and forms, Berechiah seems to promise the emergence of a new type of Jewish scholar in Christian Europe. This promise was fully redeemed in medieval Italy and Provence, but the catastrophic developments of the 13th and 14th centuries kept Jewish writing in northeastern Europe from realizing the potential adumbrated in Berechiah's work.
-- Raymond P. Scheindlin, "The Punctuator and the Professor", Forward, August 30, 2002

The symbolical paintings, as they have come to be called, adumbrate a dark dream world where what seem dimly recollected circumstances, caught in their own nocturnal inertia, remain cryptic and mystifying.
-- Robert Berlind, "Edwin Dickinson: waking visions", Art in America, February 2003

The letter even fixes the meeting as having taken place on October 23, which fits the chronology adumbrated by Professor Bald.
-- Jeremy Bernstein, "Heaven's Net: The Meeting of John Donne and Johannes Kepler", American Scholar, Spring 1997

To create her three-dimensional composition, she variedly manipulated floor and ceiling planes so as to adumbrate virtual spaces.
-- Monica Geran, "Shadow play", Interior Design, April, 2000

Adumbrate derives from Latin adumbrare, "to sketch" (literally, "to shade towards," hence "to foreshadow or prefigure"), from ad-, "towards" + umbrare, "to shade," from umbra, "shadow."
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