[ UK /ˌə‍ʊvəʃˈædə‍ʊ/ ]
[ US /ˈoʊvɝˈʃædoʊ/ ]
  1. be greater in significance than
    the tragedy overshadowed the couple's happiness
  2. cast a shadow upon
    The tall tree overshadowed the house
  3. make appear small by comparison
    This year's debt dwarfs that of last year
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How To Use overshadow In A Sentence

  • In the decisive battle of Ipsus in 301 B.C. the overshadowing power of Antigonus was broken and the control of southwestern Asia was divided between Seleucus and Ptolemy. The Makers and Teachers of Judaism
  • His triumph was overshadowed by an uneasy sense of foreboding.
  • The balsam impatiens usually grows as a two- or three-stemmed plant to a height of 2 1/2 feet, with white to dark red flowers tucked into the leaf axils, where they tend to be overshadowed by leaves.
  • It was a cavern in the side of a mountain, overshadowed with palm trees, at such a distance from the cataract that nothing more was heard than a gentle uniform murmur, such as composes the mind to pensive meditation, especially when it was assisted by the wind whistling among the branches. Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia
  • And the title essay picks up this theme: "Let the dedicated activist never overshadow the dedicated servant of literature — the matchless storyteller. Books: Sontag's Last Stands
  • Why then does his plight overshadow the tender story of the prince?
  • Musical backing is kept low key with touches of strings, brass and brooding electronica, never overshadowing Jane's fragile but emotive vocals.
  • Her vocals are mousy yet pretty (think Suzanne Vega, Julie Doiron), never overshadowing the delicate ambiance created by simple layers of loops and noodling.
  • So no supporting struts, cables or columns to overshadow the trees. Times, Sunday Times
  • Nevertheless, her performance was somewhat overshadowed by the increasingly exhibitionistic shape-throwing of Stephen McAllister, the in-house main-course chef.
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