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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These are all familiar themes; what made season one work so well was the subtlety and deftness with which showrunner Dave Kajganich blended them all together as thematic texture that never overshadowed the drama of the plot at hand. Aja Romano, Vox, "The Terror: Infamy turns America’s WWII internment camps into a bleak ghost story," 19 Aug. 2019 The oil price gyrations have somewhat overshadowed this week’s headline event, the Federal Reserve’s meeting on interest rates. Washington Post, "Stocks mixed, oil down as markets await news on Saudi plant," 17 Sep. 2019 That could be interpreted as either a warning or rationale for some of the explosive drama that has overshadowed his ability as arguably the NFL’s best receiver. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Tom Brady on new Patriots WR Antonio Brown: 'I'd love for him to stay at my house'," 9 Sep. 2019 With the negotiations overshadowing electoral politics, the country had two national processes — peace talks and presidential elections — in a race with each other, each casting doubt over the prospects for the other. David E. Sanger, BostonGlobe.com, "After Trump calls off talks, Afghanistan braces for violence," 8 Sep. 2019 With the negotiations overshadowing electoral politics, the country had two national processes — peace talks and presidential elections — in a race with each other, each casting doubt over the prospects for the other. David E. Sanger, New York Times, "After Trump Calls Off Talks, Afghanistan Braces for Violence," 8 Sep. 2019 Never was there a line overshadowed or battle sequence blurred. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Orchestra hits the mark with ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back’," 3 Sep. 2019 Khalil Tate’s interception in the red zone dashed the Wildcats’ comeback hopes and overshadowed an otherwise promising evening for the senior quarterback. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Arizona football comes up yard short in loss to Hawaii," 24 Aug. 2019 These brides-to-be wanted to ensure that their magical day wasn’t overshadowed by something more important to many Alabamians: college football. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, "Are you a true Birmingham local? Answer these 15 questions," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of overshadow

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

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The first known use of overshadow was before the 12th century

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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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