What does overshadow mean?

Definitions for overshadowˌoʊ vərˈʃæd oʊ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word overshadow.

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Overshadow

    ō-vėr-shad′ō, v.t. to throw a shadow over: to shelter or protect.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of overshadow in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of overshadow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Potash Corp:

    Bottom line, the risk of inventory change will always overshadow the desire to store up.

  2. Sean Newman:

    It should have been 8% [on the 10-year], but technicals and demand will probably overshadow fundamentals.

  3. Sinan Ulgen:

    The political expediency of a deal with Iran will overshadow U.S. aggressiveness on Syria ... There is a new-found understanding in Ankara about this.

  4. Cyril Brun:

    Champagne offers a bit of complexity but not too much to overshadow a meal so it is easily paired alongside a variety of foods, from pastas, seafood and cheeses to eggs, popcorn and potato chips.

  5. Republican Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell:

    At the same time, we should not allow these things to completely overshadow what Burma has accomplished. It's come a long way in recent years. There are many positive things to be built upon as well.

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