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."
Popularity Over Time
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.