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Definition of overshadow verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    overshadow

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈʃædəʊ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈʃædoʊ//
     
    [often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they overshadow
    BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈʃædəʊ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈʃædoʊ//
     
    he / she / it overshadows
    BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈʃædəʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈʃædoʊz//
     
    past simple overshadowed
    BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈʃædəʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈʃædoʊd//
     
    past participle overshadowed
    BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈʃædəʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈʃædoʊd//
     
    -ing form overshadowing
    BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈʃædəʊɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈʃædoʊɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1overshadow somebody/something to make somebody/something seem less important, or successful He had always been overshadowed by his elder sister. Domestic policy was soon overshadowed by political unrest abroad.
  2. 2overshadow something to make an event less enjoyable than it should be synonym cloud News of the accident overshadowed the day's events.
  3. 3overshadow something to throw a shadow over something The garden is overshadowed by tall trees.
  4. Word Origin Old English ofersceadwian (see over-, shadow).
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