overshadow

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Etymology[edit]

Old English ofersceadwian, from ofer- (over-) + sceadwian (cover with shade), a calque of Latin obumbrō, from ob (over) + umbrō (shade). Compare Dutch overschaduwen, German überschatten.

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overshadow (third-person singular simple present overshadows, present participle overshadowing, simple past and past participle overshadowed)

  1. (transitive) To obscure something by casting a shadow.
  2. (transitive) To dominate something and make it seem insignificant.

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