1 dominate, dwarf, eclipse, excel, leave or put in the shade, outshine, outweigh, render insignificant by comparison, rise above, steal the limelight from, surpass, take precedence over, throw into the shade, tower above
2 adumbrate, becloud, bedim, cloud, darken, dim, obfuscate, obscure, veil
3 blight, cast a gloom upon, mar, put a damper on, ruin, spoil, take the edge off, take the pleasure or enjoyment out of, temper
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overshadow ( overshadows 3rd person present) ( overshadowing present participle) ( overshadowed past tense & past participle )
1 verb If an unpleasant event or feeling overshadows something, it makes it less happy or enjoyable.
Fears for the President's safety could overshadow his peace-making mission... V n
2 verb If you are overshadowedby a person or thing, you are less successful, important, or impressive than they are.
Hester is overshadowed by her younger and more attractive sister. be V-ed
3 verb If one building, tree, or large structure overshadows another, it stands near it, is much taller than it, and casts a shadow over it.
She said stations should be in the open, near housing, not overshadowed by trees or walls. V-ed
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