Simple Definition of overshadow
: to cause (something or someone) to seem less important or impressive when compared to something or someone else
: to make (something) less enjoyable because of sadness, fear, or worry
: to cast a shadow over (something)
Full Definition of overshadow
1 : to cast a shadow over
2 : to exceed in importance : outweigh
Examples of overshadow
The pitcher's outstanding performance should not overshadow the achievements of the rest of the team.
<large trees overshadow the yard and darken the house for much of the day>
Before 12th Century
First Known Use of overshadow
before 12th century
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