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adumbrate

Verb

1 describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of; "sketch the outline of the book"; "outline his ideas" [syn: sketch, outline]
2 give to understand; "I insinuated that I did not like his wife" [syn: intimate, insinuate]

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Etymology

Latin adumbrātus "represented in outline", from adumbrāre "cast a shadow on", from umbra "shadow".

Pronunciation

IPA: /ˈædʌmˌbɹeɪt/, SAMPA: /"

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