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adumbrate

verb [T] uk   /ˈæd.əm.breɪt/ formal us  
to give only the main facts and not the details about something, especially something that will happen in the future: The project's objectives were adumbrated in the report.
adumbration
noun [U] uk   /ˌæd.əmˈbreɪ.ʃən/ us  
Translations of “adumbrate”
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指對未來的事情)概括說明,勾畫輪廓…
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指对未来的事情)概括说明,勾画轮廓…
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