- 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
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Examples from the Web for overshadow
But feverish speculation and the constant patter of Vaudevillian innuendo came to overshadow more serious business.Francois Hollande Announces Breakup with First Lady Valerie Trierweiler
January 26, 2014
Adraee's stellar performance may overshadow his actual message so I have taken the time to break it down for you.The IDF Eid Crasher
October 17, 2013
The rap on college athletic programs is that they are corrupt, overshadow academic study, and do a disservice to student-athletes.College Sports Programs Don’t Deserve the Bad Rap They Routinely Receive
March 17, 2012
The notion that something fun and relaxing can also be healthy is extremely enticing, and may overshadow alcohol's drawbacks.Is Alcohol Really Good for You?
May 16, 2011
Yet spend time with her and the myth of Odessa's past comes to overshadow the present.Great Weekend Reads
The Daily Beast
March 5, 2011
Nor should we permit our grievances to overshadow our opportunities.
There are phases in which something seems to overshadow the scene.In Mesopotamia
He allowed no thought of personal safety or success to overshadow the truth.History of Education
Nor is it the Sanctuary alone they overshadow with their wings of light.Memories of Bethany
John Ross Macduff
“My own experience does not overshadow my judgment entirely, I hope,” said Algitha.The Daughters of Danaus
- to render insignificant or less important in comparison
- to cast a shadow or gloom over
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.