Meaning of “eclipse” in the English Dictionary

"eclipse" in British English

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uk /ɪˈklɪps/ us /ɪˈklɪps/


uk /ɪˈklɪps/ us /ɪˈklɪps/

(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 it

solar eclipse

In a solar eclipse, the moon travels in between the earth and the sun.

lunar eclipse

In a lunar eclipse, the earth travels in between the moon and the sun.

eclipseverb [ T ]

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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 election campaign.

(Definition of “eclipse” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"eclipse" in Business English

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eclipseverb [ T ]

uk /ɪˈklɪps/ us

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” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)