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

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 on the Web And yet, the tax debate may overshadow it all — and will likely come to define the last-minute crush lawmakers again find themselves in. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, 29 July 2022 Don’t bring Rick back here, as that would just overshadow the existing cast. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 12 Dec. 2021 The dissolution threatened to overshadow a visit scheduled next month by President Joe Biden. Ilan Ben Zion, Anchorage Daily News, 20 June 2022 The dissolution threatened to overshadow a visit by President Joe Biden scheduled for next month. Ilan Ben Zion, Chicago Tribune, 20 June 2022 The dissolution threatened to overshadow a visit scheduled by President Joe Biden scheduled for next month. Ilan Ben Zion, ajc, 20 June 2022 The dissolution threatened to overshadow a visit by President Joe Biden scheduled for next month. Josef Federman, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 June 2022 After all, filmmakers, studio executives and movie lovers are assembling in the South of France as the specter of war in Ukraine and rising autocracies around the world threaten to overshadow the good times. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 18 May 2022 Fears for Peng’s safety have threatened to overshadow the Winter Olympics in Beijing. John Leicester, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of overshadow

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

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31 Jul 2022

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“Overshadow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overshadow. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for overshadow

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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