overshadow

[oh-ver-shad-oh]
verb (used with object)
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: clouds overshadowing the moon.
3.
to make sad or hang heavily over; cast a pall on: a disappointment that overshadowed their last years.
4.
Archaic. to shelter or protect.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English overshadewen, Old English ofersceadwian. See over-, shadow

overshadower, noun
overshadowingly, adverb


1. eclipse, outshine, dwarf.
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overshadow (ˌəʊvəˈʃædəʊ)
 
vb
1.  to render insignificant or less important in comparison
2.  to cast a shadow or gloom over

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overshadow
O.E. ofersceadwian "to cast a shadow over, obscure," from ofer "over" + sceadwian "to shadow" (see shadow); used to render L. obumbrare in N.T. Fig. sense is from 1581.
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Example sentences
All of those items are overshadowed by a company that now can't keep its
  service running.
Their lives are overshadowed by a fear that they will not live up to their own
  goals or the demands of their parents and teachers.
But it's not good to let climbing be overshadowed by that.
Once you have it, the other waterproof jackets will be overshadowed.
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