from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cast a shadow over; darken or obscure.
- transitive v. To make insignificant by comparison; dominate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To obscure something by casting a shadow.
- v. To dominate something and make it seem insignificant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To throw a shadow, or shade, over; to darken; to obscure.
- transitive v. To cover with a superior influence; to be viewed as more important than.
- transitive v. To cause to be sad or disappointing; to cast a sad shadow on.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To throw a shadow over; overshade; shade.
- To shelter; protect; cover with protecting influence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be greater in significance than
- v. cast a shadow upon
- v. make appear small by comparison
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. (Wiktionary)