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adumbrate

ad·um·brate

adumbrate

 
pronunciation:
duhm breIt [or] ae dm breIt
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: adumbrated, adumbrates, adumbrating
definition 1: to give an indistinct or sketchy outline of.
The administration adumbrated a plan which left many details to be hammered out.
definition 2: to give a vague sign or indication of ahead of time; foreshadow.
Elements of these ancient writings are claimed to adumbrate Christianity.
derivations: adumbrative (adj.), adumbration (n.)