obscure

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/əbˈskjʊər/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/əbˈskjʊr/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(əb skyŏŏr)

Inflections of 'obscure' (adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."): adj superlative: obscurest
Inflections of 'obscure' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
obscurer
v 3rd person singular
obscures
v 3rd person singular
obscuring
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
obscured
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
obscured
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ob•scure /əbˈskyʊr/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -scur•er, -scur•est, v.,  -scured, -scur•ing, 
adj. 
  1. not clear or plain;
    ambiguous, vague, or uncertain:an obscure message; obscure motives.
  2. not easily noticed:the obscure beginnings of a revolutionary movement.
  3. of little or no fame or distinction;
    unknown:an obscure artist.
  4. dark;
    dim;
    murky;
    hard to see, as if hidden by darkness:An obscure figure loomed out of the shadows.

v. [+ object]
  1. to conceal;
    cover;
    mask:Poets sometimes try to obscure their message.
  2. to make dark or indistinct:The darkness obscured his features.
ob•scure•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ob•scure  (əb skyŏŏr),USA pronunciation adj.,  -scur•er, -scur•est, v.,  -scured, -scur•ing, n. 
adj. 
  1. (of meaning) not clear or plain; ambiguous, vague, or uncertain:an obscure sentence in the contract.
  2. not clear to the understanding;
    hard to perceive:obscure motivations.
  3. (of language, style, a speaker, etc.) not expressing the meaning clearly or plainly.
  4. indistinct to the sight or any other sense;
    not readily seen, heard, etc.;
    faint.
  5. inconspicuous or unnoticeable:the obscure beginnings of a great movement.
  6. of little or no prominence, note, fame, or distinction:an obscure French artist.
  7. far from public notice, worldly affairs, or important activities;
    remote;
    retired:an obscure little town.
  8. lacking in light or illumination;
    dark;
    dim;
    murky:an obscure back room.
  9. enveloped in, concealed by, or frequenting darkness.
  10. not bright or lustrous;
    dull or darkish, as color or appearance.
  11. Phonetics(of a vowel) having the reduced or neutral sound usually represented by the schwa (ə).

v.t. 
  1. to conceal or conceal by confusing (the meaning of a statement, poem, etc.).
  2. to make dark, dim, indistinct, etc.
  3. Phoneticsto reduce or neutralize (a vowel) to the sound usually represented by a schwa (ə).

n. 
  1. obscurity.
ob•scur•ed•ly  (əb skyŏŏr),USA pronunciation  ob•scurely, adv.  ob•scureness, n. 
  • Latin obscūrus dark
  • Old French oscur, obscur
  • Middle English 1350–1400
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged doubtful, dubious. See  mysterious. 
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged blurred, veiled.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged undistinguished, unnoted, unknown.
    • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged secluded, inconspicuous, unnoticeable, unnoticed.
    • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged cloudy, dusky, somber. See  dark. 
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged certain.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged clear.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged noted.
    • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged conspicuous.
    • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged bright.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
obscure /əbˈskjʊə/ adj
  1. unclear or abstruse
  2. indistinct, vague, or indefinite
  3. inconspicuous or unimportant
  4. hidden, secret, or remote
  5. (of a vowel) reduced to or transformed into a neutral vowel ( ə )
  6. gloomy, dark, clouded, or dim
vb (transitive)
  1. to make unclear, vague, or hidden
  2. to cover or cloud over
  3. to pronounce (a vowel) with articulation that causes it to become a neutral sound represented by ( ə )
Etymology: 14th Century: via Old French from Latin obscūrus dark

obscuration /ˌɒbskjʊˈreɪʃən/ n obˈscurely adv obˈscureness n
'obscure' also found in these entries (note: many are not synonyms or translations):
Collocations: an obscure [word, phrase, verb, dialect], obscured my [vision, sight, judgment], has an obscure meaning, more...

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