Definition of overshadow
1 : to cast a shadow over
2 : to exceed in importance : outweigh
Examples of overshadow in a Sentence
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
Recent Examples of overshadow from the Web
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is launching a major push for a $1 trillion overhaul of the nation's roads and bridges, a key item on his agenda that's been stymied in Congress and overshadowed by White House controversies.
To most observers, President Donald Trump's first overseas trip was either a moderate success that was at times overshadowed by viral GIFs or a disaster that damaged the United States' relationships with longtime European allies.
Veterans groups say a growing military-civilian disconnect contributes to a feeling that Memorial Day has been overshadowed.
Unfortunately, his own performance—best described as sweet—was overshadowed by the titular Orson Welles (as played by Christian McKay).
The Chevy camp — particularly Team Penske — has been dramatically overshadowed so far but finally showed better speed Friday.
The investigation and leaks surrounding it have thrown the administration’s agenda off track, overshadowing Trump’s travels to the Middle East and Europe.
But unfortunately for the POTUS and the pontiff, their meeting was overshadowed by a very awkward photo op, which the internet promptly made viral.
The tendency for women artists to be overshadowed by their male partners is, sadly, a recurring one, and for women involved in the Surrealist circle, the situation was even more fraught.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'overshadow'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
First Known Use of overshadow
before 12th century
OVERSHADOW Defined for English Language Learners
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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up overshadow? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).