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overshadow

[ oh-ver-shad-oh ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈʃæd oʊ /
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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.

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Origin of overshadow

before 900; Middle English overshadewen,Old English ofersceadwian.See over-, shadow

OTHER WORDS FROM overshadow

o·ver·shad·ow·er, nouno·ver·shad·ow·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for overshadow

overshadow
/ (ˌəʊvəˈʃædəʊ) /

verb (tr)

to render insignificant or less important in comparison
to cast a shadow or gloom over
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