To indicate or suggest something in an indirect or general way.
The word "adumbrate" is derived from the latin word "adumbrare" which means "to cast a shadow over, to indicate in a vague way".
- He adumbrated the main points of his speech before going into more detail.
- The author adumbrates the theme of the novel in the introduction.
- The painting adumbrates the mood of the scene with its colors and brushstrokes.
- The new policy adumbrates a change in the company's direction.
- She adumbrated her plans for the future but didn't give too many details.