UK [ˌəʊvə(r)ˈʃædəʊ] / US [ˌoʊvərˈʃædoʊ] verb [transitive]
Word forms "overshadow":
present tense I/you/we/they overshadow he/she/it overshadows present participle overshadowing past tense overshadowed past participle overshadowed
1) [usually passive] to be a negative feature or influence that spoils something

The game was overshadowed by violence.

2) to make someone or something seem less important compared to someone or something else

He's always felt rather overshadowed by his sister.

3) to prevent light from shining directly on something

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • overshadow — o|ver|shad|ow [ˌəuvəˈʃædəu US ˌouvərˈʃædou] v [T] 1.) to make someone or something else seem less important ▪ Her interest in politics began to overshadow her desire to be a poet. ▪ The achievement of the men s team was overshadowed by the… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • overshadow — transitive verb Date: before 12th century 1. to cast a shadow over 2. to exceed in importance ; outweigh …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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