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

     

    eclipse

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    verb
    BrE BrE//ɪˈklɪps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈklɪps//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they eclipse
    BrE BrE//ɪˈklɪps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈklɪps//
     
    he / she / it eclipses
    BrE BrE//ɪˈklɪpsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈklɪpsɪz//
     
    past simple eclipsed
    BrE BrE//ɪˈklɪpst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈklɪpst//
     
    past participle eclipsed
    BrE BrE//ɪˈklɪpst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈklɪpst//
     
    -ing form eclipsing
    BrE BrE//ɪˈklɪpsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈklɪpsɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1 [often passive] eclipse something (of the moon, the earth, etc.) to cause an eclipse
  2. 2eclipse somebody/something to make somebody/something seem dull or unimportant by comparison synonym outshine, overshadow Though a talented player, he was completely eclipsed by his brother.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French e(s)clipse (noun), eclipser (verb), via Latin from Greek ekleipsis, from ekleipein ‘fail to appear, be eclipsed’, from ek ‘out’ + leipein ‘to leave’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: eclipse

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