abzeichnen

Meanings

1.
to draw, to copy (by drawing)
(The "ab" implies that whatever you're drawing is right in front of you. If you draw "from your imagination" then it's not "abzeichnen".)
2.
to loom, to slowly become apparent
("sich abzeichnen" - think for instance of a defeat in sports that already kind of shows at halftime.)
3.
to sign, to initial
(Super rare in this sense.)

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Word Family

Root: *deik-
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