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verb [transitive] overshadow pronunciation in British English /ˌəʊvə(r)ˈʃædəʊ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleovershadowing
past tenseovershadowed
past participleovershadowed
  1. 1
    [usually passive] to be a negative feature or influence that spoils something
    The game was overshadowed by violence.
  2. 2
    to make someone or something seem less important compared to someone or something else
    He’s always felt rather overshadowed by his sister.


… a feeling of pleasure you get from spending time doing what you want and not worrying about what other people are doing or saying

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