verb (used with object), ad·um·brat·ed, ad·um·brat·ing.

  1. to produce a faint image or resemblance of; to outline or sketch.
  2. to foreshadow; prefigure.
  3. to darken or conceal partially; overshadow.

verb (tr)

  1. to outline; give a faint indication of
  2. to foreshadow
  3. to overshadow; obscure

“to outline, to sketch,” 1580s, from Latin adumbratus “sketched, shadowed in outline,” past participle of adumbrare “to represent (a thing) in outline” (see adumbration). Meaning “to overshadow” is 1660s. Related: Adumbrated; adumbrating.

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