from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To cover with clouds.
  • intransitive verb To make dark and gloomy.
  • intransitive verb To become cloudy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To cover or overspread with clouds; hence, to cover with gloom, depression, or sorrow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To cover or overspread with clouds; to becloud; to overcast.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To cover, or become covered, with clouds

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb become covered with clouds
  • verb make obscure or unclear


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  • From this state of repose, amounting almost to apathy respecting the past, his thoughts were carried forward to the future, which, in spite of all that existed to overcloud the prospect, glittered with such hues as, under much happier auspices, his unstimulated imagination had not been able to produce, even in its most exalted state.

    The Talisman 2008

  • Enough, my feelings are lighter than they have been; and, though fear and wonder are still around me, they are unable entirely to overcloud the horizon.

    Redgauntlet 2008

  • We all foresaw, that the situation of this admirable lady would overcloud a little (we hoped hut a little) the — happiest days that ever mortals knew.

    Sir Charles Grandison 2006

  • I hope nothing will happen to overcloud to-mor-row.

    Sir Charles Grandison 2006

  • And by this letting the issue overcloud the actual problem, to get people to share and promote this in any ways possible.

    The nonsense of "knowledge management" Jeff Oxenford 2005

  • Judge, then, whether I have not cause to warn you of an indulgence, which may produce so terrible an effect, and which must certainly, if not opposed, overcloud the years, that otherwise might be happy.

    The Mysteries of Udolpho 2004

  • According to Talfourd, literary criticism is a venue and an inquiry which "should be sacred from all discordant emotions" (441) in order for the reader better to appreciate "those talents and feelings which [Hazlitt] has here brought to the contemplation of such beauty and grandeur, [which] none of the low passions of this 'ignorant present time' should ever be permitted to overcloud" (438-9).

    Periodical Indigestion 1997

  • Because he was a strict discipliarian, and you can see this would overcloud what was really there.

    Oral History Interview with Katharine Du Pre Lumpkin, August 4, 1974. Interview G-0034. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) 1974

  • It is a comparatively thoughtful and anxious class of men who systematically overcloud the present by anticipations of the future.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 43, May, 1861 Creator Various

  • And you need not take any notice what quantity of fine small Laces she hath occasion for, by reason it might perhaps overcloud this sixth pleasure of marriage, which you now possess.

    The Ten Pleasures of Marriage and the Second Part, The Confession of the New Married Couple A. Marsh


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