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[oh-ver-shad-oh] /ˌoʊ vərˈʃæd oʊ/
verb (used with object)
to be more important or significant by comparison:
For years he overshadowed his brother.
to cast a shadow over; cover with shadows, clouds, darkness, etc.; darken or obscure:
clouds overshadowing the moon.
to make sad or hang heavily over; cast a pall on:
a disappointment that overshadowed their last years.
Archaic. to shelter or protect.
Origin of overshadow
before 900; Middle English overshadewen, Old English ofersceadwian. See over-, shadow
Related forms
overshadower, noun
overshadowingly, adverb
1. eclipse, outshine, dwarf. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Infallibility never ceased to overshadow every step of the Council, but it had already given birth to a deeper question.

    The History of Freedom John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
  • There are phases in which something seems to overshadow the scene.

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  • Gonzague allowed his chin to fall upon his breast and an expression of deep gloom to overshadow his face.

    The Duke's Motto Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • He allowed no thought of personal safety or success to overshadow the truth.

    History of Education Levi Seeley
  • Indeed, the transcendency of his poetical distinctions has tended to overshadow his other claims and uses.

British Dictionary definitions for overshadow


verb (transitive)
to render insignificant or less important in comparison
to cast a shadow or gloom over
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for overshadow

Old English ofersceadwian "to cast a shadow over, obscure;" see over + shadow (v.). It was used to render Latin obumbrare in New Testament, as were Middle High German überschatewen, Middle Dutch overschaduwen, Gothic ufarskadwjan. Figurative sense is from 1580s. Related: Overshadowed; overshadowing.

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