Meaning of “overshadow” in the English Dictionary

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"overshadow" in British English

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overshadowverb [ T often passive ]

uk /ˌəʊ.vəˈʃæd.əʊ/ us /ˌoʊ.vɚˈʃæd.oʊ/

to cause someone or something to seem less important or less happy:

Karen has always felt overshadowed by her famous elder sister.
My happiness was overshadowed by the bad news.

(of a building) to be much taller than another building and therefore block the sun from it:

Grand Central Station in New York is overshadowed by the PanAm building.

(Definition of “overshadow” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"overshadow" in American English

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overshadowverb [ T ]

us /ˌoʊ·vərˈʃæd·oʊ/

to cause someone or something to seem less important or noticeable:

Karen has always been overshadowed by her older sister.

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