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English definition of “eclipse”


verb [T]     /ɪˈklɪps/
to become greater in amount or level than something else : The increased consumer spending from new businesses has already helped shopping , dining , and real estate eclipse oil revenues . Their stock is up 50% so far this year , as their profit growth is expected to eclipse that of larger companies .
to become more successful or important than something else : We have developed a winning formula to eclipse our rivals . These problems should not be allowed to eclipse the organization's achievements .
(Definition of eclipse verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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