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Definition 1: make obscure or unclear - [verb of change]

Samples where obscure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The distinction was obscured

Synonyms for obscure in the sense of this definition

(obscure is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

Definition 2: make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing - [verb of change]

Samples where obscure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a hidden message
  • a veiled threat

Synonyms for obscure in the sense of this definition

(obscure is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(... is a kind of obscure ) make mysterious

"mystify the story"

(obscure has a similar meaning as ...) remove completely from recognition or memory

"efface the memory of the time in the camps"

Definition 3: reduce a vowel to a neutral one, such as a schwa - [verb of change]

(obscure is a kind of ...) destress and thus weaken a sound when pronouncing it

(obscure belongs to category ...) the scientific study of language

Definition 4: make unclear, indistinct, or blurred - [verb of cognition]

Samples where obscure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Her remarks confused the debate
  • Their words obnubilate their intentions

Synonyms for obscure in the sense of this definition

(obscure is a kind of ...) cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

"The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city" "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"

(... is a kind of obscure ) cause to become muddy

"These data would have muddied the prediction"

(obscure has a similar meaning as ...) mistake one thing for another

"you are confusing me with the other candidate" "I mistook her for the secretary"

Definition 5: make less visible or unclear - [verb of perception]

Samples where obscure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The stars are obscured by the clouds
  • the big elm tree obscures our view of the valley

Synonyms for obscure in the sense of this definition

(obscure is a kind of ...) prevent from being seen or discovered

"hide the money"

(... is a kind of obscure ) cast a shadow upon

"The tall tree overshadowed the house"

Definition 6: difficult to find - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where obscure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • hidden valleys
  • a hidden cave
  • an obscure retreat

Synonyms for obscure in the sense of this definition

(obscure is similar to ...) hidden on any grounds for any motive

"a concealed weapon" "a concealed compartment in his briefcase"

Definition 7: marked by difficulty of style or expression - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where obscure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • much that was dark is now quite clear to me
  • those who do not appreciate Kafka's work say his style is obscure

Synonyms for obscure in the sense of this definition

(obscure is similar to ...) difficult to understand

"the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible"

Definition 8: not drawing attention - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where obscure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an unnoticeable cigarette burn on the carpet
  • an obscure flaw

Synonyms for obscure in the sense of this definition

(obscure is similar to ...) not prominent or readily noticeable

"he pushed the string through an inconspicuous hole" "the invisible man"

Definition 9: not famous or acclaimed - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where obscure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an obscure family
  • unsung heroes of the war

Synonyms for obscure in the sense of this definition

(obscure is similar to ...) not bringing honor and glory

"some mute inglorious Milton here may rest"

Definition 10: not clearly expressed or understood - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where obscure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an obscure turn of phrase
  • an impulse to go off and fight certain obscure battles of his own spirit
  • their descriptions of human behavior become vague, dull, and unclear
  • vague...forms of speech...have so long passed for mysteries of science

Synonyms for obscure in the sense of this definition

(obscure is similar to ...) not clear to the mind

"the law itself was unclear on that point" "the reason for their actions is unclear to this day"

Definition 11: remote and separate physically or socially - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where obscure or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • existed over the centuries as a world apart
  • preserved because they inhabited a place apart
  • tiny isolated villages remote from centers of civilization
  • an obscure village

Synonyms for obscure in the sense of this definition

(obscure is similar to ...) not joined or linked together

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