Inflections of ' obscure' ( ): adj adjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." : obscurest adj superlative
Inflections of ' ' ( obscure ): ( v ⇒ conjugate) obscurer v 3rd person singular obscures v 3rd person singular obscuring v pres p verb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing." obscured v past verb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." obscured v past p verb, 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.
not clear or plain; ambiguous, vague, or uncertain: an obscure message; obscure motives.
not easily noticed: the obscure beginnings of a revolutionary movement.
of little or no fame or distinction; unknown: an obscure artist.
dark; dim; murky; hard to see, as if hidden by darkness: An obscure figure loomed out of the shadows. v.
[~ + object ]
to conceal; cover; mask: Poets sometimes try to obscure their message. 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.
(of meaning) not clear or plain; ambiguous, vague, or uncertain: an obscure sentence in the contract.
not clear to the understanding; hard to perceive: obscure motivations.
(of language, style, a speaker, etc.) not expressing the meaning clearly or plainly.
indistinct to the sight or any other sense; not readily seen, heard, etc.; faint.
inconspicuous or unnoticeable: the obscure beginnings of a great movement.
of little or no prominence, note, fame, or distinction: an obscure French artist.
far from public notice, worldly affairs, or important activities; remote; retired: an obscure little town.
lacking in light or illumination; dark; dim; murky: an obscure back room.
enveloped in, concealed by, or frequenting darkness.
not bright or lustrous; dull or darkish, as color or appearance.
Phonetics(of a vowel) having the reduced or neutral sound usually represented by the schwa (ə). v.t.
to conceal or conceal by confusing (the meaning of a statement, poem, etc.).
to make dark, dim, indistinct, etc.
Phoneticsto reduce or neutralize (a vowel) to the sound usually represented by a schwa (ə). n.
(əb skyŏŏr ′), USA pronunciation ob•scure ′ly, adv.
ob•scure ′ness, n.
Latin obscūrus dark Old French oscur, obscur Middle English 1350–1400
1. doubtful, dubious. See See corresponding entry in Unabridged mysterious. 4. blurred, veiled. See corresponding entry in Unabridged 6. undistinguished, unnoted, unknown. See corresponding entry in Unabridged 7. secluded, inconspicuous, unnoticeable, unnoticed. See corresponding entry in Unabridged 8. cloudy, dusky, somber. See See corresponding entry in Unabridged dark.
1. certain. See corresponding entry in Unabridged 4. clear. See corresponding entry in Unabridged 6. noted. See corresponding entry in Unabridged 7. conspicuous. See corresponding entry in Unabridged 8. bright. See corresponding entry in Unabridged
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
obscure / əbˈskjʊə/ adj unclear or abstruse indistinct, vague, or indefinite inconspicuous or unimportant hidden, secret, or remote (of a vowel) reduced to or transformed into a neutral vowel ( ə ) gloomy, dark, clouded, or dim vb ( transitive) to make unclear, vague, or hidden to cover or cloud over to pronounce (a vowel) with articulation that causes it to become a neutral sound represented by ( ə ) Etymology: 14 th Century: via Old French from Latin obscūrus dark obscuration / ˌɒbskjʊˈreɪʃən/ n obˈscurely adv obˈscureness n
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