obscure

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Positive
obscure

Comparative
more obscure

Superlative
most obscure

  1. If something is obscure, it is not easy to understand.
    The textbook the teacher was using in her class was obscure.
  2. If something is obscure, it is not bright in color or appearance; it is dull or dark.
  3. If something is obscure, it is very hard to make out a clear image of it; it is faint; it is unclear or vague.
  4. If something is obscure, it is hidden; it is out of sight.
    The Johnsons decided to have a date at an obscure retreat.
  5. If a place where people live is obscure, it is found far away from where most other people live.
  6. If something is obscure, it is not easily seen; it is inconspicuous.
    The ruby had an obscure flaw in it.
  7. If somebody is obscure, they are not known; they have no fame and are not notable.

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The comparative words obscurer and obscurest are not as common as more obscure and most obscure.

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Plain form
obscure

Third-person singular
obscures

Past tense
obscured

Past participle
obscured

Present participle
obscuring

  1. (transitive) If someone obscures something, they darken it; they make it faint.
  2. (transitive) If someone obscures something, they hide it from sight; they put it out of sight.
    The fog obscured the road ahead of Sherry while she was driving.
    The cloud was obscuring the light from the Sun while they moved over the Sun.

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