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"obscure" in British English

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obscureadjective

uk   /əbˈskjʊər/  us   /-ˈskjʊr/

obscureverb [T]

uk   /əbˈskjʊər/  us   /-ˈskjʊr/
to ​prevent something from being ​seen or ​heard: Two new ​skyscrapers had ​sprung up, obscuring the ​view from her ​window. The ​sun was obscured by ​clouds. to make something ​difficult to ​discover and ​understand: Managers ​deliberately obscured the ​realsituation fromfederalinvestigators.
obscurely
adverb uk   us   /-li/
The ​officialstatement was obscurely ​worded.
(Definition of obscure from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"obscure" in American English

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obscureadjective

 us   /əbˈskjʊr, ɑb-/
  • obscure adjective (UNKNOWN)

not ​known to many ​people: an obscure 18th-century ​painter
  • obscure adjective (UNCLEAR)

unclear and ​difficult to ​understand or ​see: Official ​policy has ​changed for ​reasons that ​remain obscure.
(Definition of obscure from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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