overshadow

  • 1 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 overshadow — index minimize, obfuscate, obnubilate, obscure, outweigh, overcome (surmount), predominate (command …

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  • 3 overshadow — (v.) O.E. ofersceadwian to cast a shadow over, obscure, from ofer over + sceadwian to shadow (see SHADOW (Cf. shadow)); used to render L. obumbrare in New Testament. Figurative sense is from 1580s …

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  • 4 overshadow — [v] make obscure, dim, vague adumbrate, becloud, bedim, cloud, command, darken, dim, dominate, dwarf, eclipse, excel, govern, haze, leave in the shade*, obfuscate, outshine, outweigh, overcast, overcloud, overweigh, preponderate, rise above*,… …

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  • 5 overshadow — ► VERB 1) tower above and cast a shadow over. 2) cast a feeling of sadness over. 3) appear more prominent, important, or successful than …

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  • 6 overshadow — [ō΄vər shad′ō] vt. [ME ouerschadewen < OE ofersceadwian (see OVER & SHADOW), transl. of LL obumbrare in N.T.: see Luke 9:34] 1. a) to cast a shadow over b) to darken; obscure 2. to be more significant or important than by comparison …

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  • 7 overshadow — 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… …

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  • 8 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

  • 9 overshadow — [[t]o͟ʊvə(r)ʃæ̱doʊ[/t]] overshadows, overshadowing, overshadowed 1) VERB If an unpleasant event or feeling overshadows something, it makes it less happy or enjoyable. [V n] Fears for the President s safety could overshadow his peace making… …

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

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  • 11 overshadow — overshadower, n. overshadowingly, adv. /oh veuhr shad oh/, v.t. 1. to be more important or significant by comparison: For years he overshadowed his brother. 2. to cast a shadow over; cover with shadows, clouds, darkness, etc.; darken or obscure:… …

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  • 12 overshadow — verb /ˌəʊ.vəˈʃæd.əʊ,ˌoʊ.vɚˈʃæd.oʊ/ a) To obscure something by casting a shadow. b) To dominate something and make it seem insignificant …

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  • 13 overshadow — Synonyms and related words: adumbrate, becloud, bedarken, bedim, befog, begloom, bemist, bestraddle, bestride, black, black out, blacken, blight, block the light, blot out, brown, cast a shadow, clabber up, clear, cloud, cloud over, cloud up,… …

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  • 14 overshadow — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. eclipse, show up (inf.). See superiority. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To dominate] Syn. manage, tower above, rule; see command 2 , dominate , govern . 2. [To shade] Syn. shadow, dim, cloud; see shade 2 …

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  • 15 overshadow — o|ver|shad|ow [ ,ouvər ʃædou ] verb transitive 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… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 overshadow — v. obscure; cause to be shadowed; make less important …

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  • 17 overshadow — verb 1》 tower above and cast a shadow over. 2》 cast gloom over. 3》 appear more prominent or important than.     ↘be more impressive or successful than. Origin OE ofersceadwian …

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  • 18 overshadow — v. a. 1. Overshade, overcloud. 2. Shelter, protect, cover, hover over …

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  • 19 overshadow — verb (T) 1 to make someone or something else seem less important: Her success has been overshadowed by her fears for her daughter, Maggie. 2 if a tall building, mountain etc overshadows a place, it is very close to it: a dark valley overshadowed… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 overshadow — verb 1) a massive hill overshadows the town Syn: cast a shadow over, shade, darken, conceal, obscure, screen; dominate, overlook 2) this feeling of tragedy overshadowed his story Syn: cast gloom over, blight, take t …

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