Overshadow O`ver*shad"ow, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Overshadowed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Overshadowing}. ] [Cf. {Overshade}. ] 1. To throw a shadow, or shade, over; to darken; to obscure. [1913 Webster]

There was a cloud that overshadowed them. --Mark ix. 7. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: To cover with a superior influence; to be viewed as more important than. --Milton. [1913 Webster +PJC]

3. To cause to be sad or disappointing; to cast a sad shadow on; as, an accidental death overshadowed the joy of the festival. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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