verb over·shad·ow \-ˈsha-(ˌ)dō\

: 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

transitive verb
:  to cast a shadow over
:  to exceed in importance :  outweigh

Examples of OVERSHADOW

  1. The pitcher's outstanding performance should not overshadow the achievements of the rest of the team.
  2. <large trees overshadow the yard and darken the house for much of the day>

First Known Use of OVERSHADOW

before 12th century
OVERSHADOW Defined for Kids


verb over·shad·ow \ˌō-vər-ˈsha-dō\

Definition of OVERSHADOW for Kids

:  to cast a shadow over :  darken
:  to be or become more important than <Her achievements overshadowed those of her classmates.>


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