overshadow

verb
over·​shad·​ow | \ ˌō-vər-ˈsha-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce overshadow (audio) \
overshadowed; overshadowing; overshadows

Definition of overshadow

transitive verb

1 : to cast a shadow over
2 : to exceed in importance : outweigh

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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

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Despite the size of the two Asia giants, their meeting will probably be overshadowed by another summit also being held this weekend. The Christian Science Monitor, "Why a wave of Asian summitry," 23 Apr. 2018 Read on for her thoughts on letting the moment guide her art, not allowing fixations on her queerness, blackness, or womanhood to overshadow her music, and the feeling that followed the release of Free Form. Alexa Eschert, Teen Vogue, "Dizzy Fae Opens Up About a Year in the Spotlight," 29 Nov. 2018 Photo: Mario De Biasi/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images Let’s face it, not many novels are going to overshadow something like that. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Union of Death and Desire," 22 Nov. 2018 While it may be overshadowed by the Google Pixel 3 and iPhone XR, the LG V40 is a great phone with some truly excellent features. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "LG's awesome 5-camera V40 is already $200 off at B&H Photo," 23 Oct. 2018 Like his German counterpart, Mr. Macron also pressed Mr. Trump to stay in the Iran nuclear deal, but their rapport seemed to almost overshadow their many disputes. Julie Hirschfeld Davis, New York Times, "Trump and Merkel Meet One on One, but Don’t See Eye to Eye," 27 Apr. 2018 But honestly, the guilt was overshadowed by a colossal sense of disappointment. Jennifer Rabiner*, Redbook, ""Why Don't I Like My Own Child?"," 10 Nov. 2016 But an attention-grabbing summer was overshadowed in the fall. Jayda Evans, The Seattle Times, "‘He’s the future of basketball’: Federal Way’s Jaden McDaniels has become one of the best in nation," 20 Feb. 2019 Image The overdose was a reminder of a quiet scourge affecting places around the country that has been overshadowed in recent years by a lethal opioid epidemic. New York Times, "K2 Eyed as Culprit After 14 People Overdose in Brooklyn," 20 May 2018

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First Known Use of overshadow

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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overshadow

verb

English Language Learners 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)

overshadow

verb
over·​shad·​ow | \ ˌō-vər-ˈsha-dō How to pronounce overshadow (audio) \
overshadowed; overshadowing

Kids Definition of overshadow

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

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