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ˌoʊ vərˈʃæd oʊover·shad·ow

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. overshadow, dominate, eclipseverb

    be greater in significance than

    "the tragedy overshadowed the couple's happiness"

  2. shadow, overshadow, dwarfverb

    make appear small by comparison

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

  3. overshadowverb

    cast a shadow upon

    "The tall tree overshadowed the house"


  1. Overshadowverb

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

  2. Overshadowverb

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


  1. overshadowverb

    To obscure something by casting a shadow.

  2. overshadowverb

    To dominate something and make it seem insignificant.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Overshadowverb

    Etymology: over and shadow.

    Weeds choak and over-shadow the corn, and bear it down, or starve and deprive it of nourishment. Francis Bacon.

    Let the damps of thy dull breath
    Over-shadow even the shade,
    And make darkness self afraid. Richard Crashaw.

    Darkness must over-shadow all his bounds,
    Palpable darkness, and blot out three days. John Milton.

    My over-shadowing spirit and might, with thee
    I send along: ride forth and bid the deep
    Within appointed bounds. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    On her should come
    The holy ghost, and the power of the highest
    O’er shadow her. Paradise Regain’d, b. i.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Overshadow

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

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  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

Examples of overshadow in a Sentence

  1. Potash Corp:

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

  2. Al Thawadi:

    We have always maintained that we have full confidence in the integrity of our bid, we cooperated fully and very transparently with( Michael Garcia) Michael Garcia but did it overshadow or stop our plans, it didn't.

  3. 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.

  4. Hubert Humphrey:

    The great challenge which faces us is to assure that, in our society of big-ness, we do not strangle the voice of creativity, that the rules of the game do not come to overshadow its purpose, that the grand orchestration of society leaves ample room for the man who marches to the music of another drummer.

  5. Mark Miles:

    We've always thought as the 100th running here as an opportunity to continue to build the whole of the series, we still have work to do. We don't want to overshadow the other races on the series we want to help profile.

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    difficult to describe
    • A. incumbent
    • B. indiscernible
    • C. contagious
    • D. elusive

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