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Definition of overshadow verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they overshadow
    he / she / it overshadows
    past simple overshadowed
    -ing form overshadowing
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  1. 1overshadow somebody/something to make someone or 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.
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