overshadow

verb over·shad·ow \ ˌō-vər-ˈsha-(ˌ)dō \

Definition of overshadow

transitive verb
1 :to cast a shadow over
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

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First Known Use of overshadow

before 12th century


OVERSHADOW Defined for English Language Learners

overshadow

verb

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

verb over·shad·ow \ ˌō-vər-ˈsha-dō \

Definition of overshadow for Students

overshadowed; overshadowing
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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