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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 ​famouseldersister. My ​happiness was overshadowed by the ​badnews. (of a ​building) to be much ​taller than another ​building and ​thereforeblock 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)

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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 ​oldersister.
(Definition of overshadow from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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