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overshadow

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verb over·shad·ow \-ˈsha-(ˌ)dō\

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. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cast a shadow over

  3. 2 :  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>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of overshadow

before 12th century



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