overshadow

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verb over·shad·ow \-ˈsha-(ˌ)dō\

Definition of overshadow

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

  3. 2 :  to exceed in importance :  outweigh

Examples of overshadow in a sentence

  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


OVERSHADOW Defined for English Language Learners

overshadow

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verb over·shad·ow \-ˈsha-(ˌ)dō\

Definition of overshadow for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


OVERSHADOW Defined for Kids

overshadow

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verb over·shad·ow \ˌō-vər-ˈsha-dō\

Definition of overshadow for Students

overshadowed

overshadowing

  1. 1 :  to cast a shadow over :  darken

  2. 2 :  to be or become more important than <Her achievements overshadowed those of her classmates.>



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