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"eclipse" in British English

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eclipsenoun

uk   us   /ɪˈklɪps/

eclipse noun (SUN)

[C] an ​occasion when the ​sundisappears from ​view, either ​completely or ​partly, while the ​moon is ​moving between it and the ​earth, or when the ​moonbecomesdarker while the shadow of the ​earthmoves over it: a solar/​lunar eclipse On ​Wednesday there will be a total/​partial eclipse of the ​sun.

eclipse noun (IMPORTANCE)

[S or U] literary a ​situation in which something ​becomes less ​important: The eclipse of the ​rulingpoliticalparty was ​inevitable. His ​remarkablecontribution to ​literature has been too ​long in eclipse.

eclipseverb

uk   us   /ɪˈklɪps/

eclipse verb (SUN)

[T] to make an eclipse of the ​moon or ​sun: The ​moon will be ​totally eclipsed at 12.10 p.m.

eclipse verb (IMPORTANCE)

[T often passive] to make another ​person or thing ​seem much less ​important, good, or ​famous: The ​economy has eclipsed all other ​issues during this ​electioncampaign.
(Definition of eclipse from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"eclipse" in American English

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eclipsenoun [C]

 us   /ɪˈklɪps/

eclipse noun [C] (SUN/MOON)

earth science a ​period of ​time when the ​light from an ​object in the ​sky cannot be ​seen because another ​object has come between you and itsolar eclipse In a ​solar eclipse, the ​moontravels in between the ​earth and the ​sun.lunar eclipse In a ​lunar eclipse, the ​earthtravels in between the ​moon and the ​sun.

eclipseverb [T]

 us   /ɪˈklɪps/

eclipse verb [T] (BLOCK)

to ​become much more ​important and ​noticeable than something: The ​state of the ​economy has eclipsed all other ​issues during the ​electioncampaign.
(Definition of eclipse from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"eclipse" in Business English

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eclipseverb [T]

uk   us   /ɪˈklɪps/
to become greater in ​amount or ​level than something else: The ​increasedconsumerspending from new ​businesses has already helped ​shopping, dining, and ​realestate eclipse ​oilrevenues. Their ​stock is up 50% so far this ​year, as their ​profitgrowth is expected to eclipse that of larger ​companies.
to become more ​successful or important than something else: We have ​developed a ​winningformula to eclipse our ​rivals. These problems should not be ​allowed to eclipse the organization's ​achievements.
(Definition of eclipse from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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