Definitions for overshadowˌoʊ vərˈʃæd oʊ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. overshadow, dominate, eclipse(verb)

    be greater in significance than

    "the tragedy overshadowed the couple's happiness"

  2. shadow, overshadow, dwarf(verb)

    make appear small by comparison

    "This year's debt dwarfs that of last year"

  3. overshadow(verb)

    cast a shadow upon

    "The tall tree overshadowed the house"


  1. Overshadow(v. t.)

    To cause to be sad or disappointing; to cast a sad shadow on; as, an accidental death overshadowed the joy of the festival.

  2. Overshadow(v. t.)

    Fig.: To cover with a superior influence; to be viewed as more important than. Milton.

  3. Origin: [Cf. Overshade. ]


  1. overshadow(Verb)

    To obscure something by casting a shadow.

  2. overshadow(Verb)

    To dominate something and make it seem insignificant.

  3. Origin: ofersceadwian, from ofer- + sceadwian, a calque of obumbro, from ob + umbro. Compare Dutch overschaduwen, German überschatten.

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