Definition of overshadow in English:

overshadow

Syllabification: o·ver·shad·ow
Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈSHadō
 
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verb

[with object]
1Tower above and cast a shadow over: an enormous oak tree stood overshadowing the cottage
More example sentences
  • The petals from the surrounding cherry blossoms were falling, as the shadow of Tokyo Tower overshadowed us.
  • The focus of his meditation is the lighthouse that rears up from within the complex; in rectifying the lapses of the Pallavas, this tower also overshadows the cave temple of Mahishasura-mardini.
  • The giant pole has been erected just inside the boundary wall of the ESB depot but it completely overshadows the adjacent town library and it towers over a seated picnic area in the immediate vicinity.
Synonyms
cast a shadow over, shade, darken, conceal, obscure, screen; dominate, overlook
1.1Cast a gloom over: it is easy to let this feeling of tragedy overshadow his story
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  • Whatever the case, it's a sign of our miserabilist times that precisely the time of year when there is the most fun to be had is overshadowed by tales of gloom.
  • Despite the gloom that's overshadowed the sector for a while, he believes that there are reasons to be hopeful.
  • Investor gloom may well overshadow improving economic fundamentals through the summer.
Synonyms
cast gloom over, blight, take the edge off, mar, spoil, ruin
2Appear much more prominent or important than: his competitive nature often overshadows the other qualities
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  • With just five weeks to go before the midterm elections, the talk of war appears to be overshadowing other issues, such as the economy and Social Security.
  • The dilemmas with which they had previously wrestled appear to be momentarily overshadowed by their new horizons.
  • Routine modernization and the recapitalization of legacy systems appear to overshadow programs that could yield disruptive innovation.
2.1Be more impressive or successful than (another person): he was always overshadowed by his brilliant elder brother
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  • And his parents always caught him at the wrong times - and then there was always Quasim to overshadow him and make everything worse.
  • I can't be on same stage with him because he overshadows me.
  • I believe that a good film is always the result of team work where each one has a part to play and no one overshadows anyone.
Synonyms
outshine, eclipse, surpass, exceed, be superior to, outclass, outstrip, outdo, upstage
informal be head and shoulders above

Origin

Old English ofersceadwian (see over-, shadow).

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