Part of speech: verb
Origin: Latin, late 16th century
Report or represent in outline.
Foreshadow or symbolize.
Examples of Adumbrate in a sentence
"Mark adumbrated his findings in an engaging presentation."
"When reading a mystery, you can usually spot clues to adumbrate the solution."
Adumbrate developed from the Latin word "adumbrat" (shaded), which is composed of the intensifier "ad" and the word "umbrare" (to cast a shadow).
Did you Know?
Mystery writers know how to adumbrate. Foreshadowing is a storytelling technique where audiences are provided with clues to the future of the story. Particularly observant audience members can figure out plot twists from even the smallest hints.