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eclipse (n.)

c. 1300, from Old French eclipse "eclipse, darkness" (12c.), from Latin eclipsis, from Greek ekleipsis "an eclipse; an abandonment," literally "a failing, forsaking," from ekleipein "to forsake a usual place, fail to appear, be eclipsed," from ek "out" (see ex-) + leipein "to leave" (from PIE root *leikw- "to leave").

Origin and meaning of eclipse

eclipse (v.)

late 13c., "to cause an eclipse of," from Old French eclipser, from eclipse (see eclipse (n.)).Figurative use from 1570s. Also in Middle English in an intransitive sense "to suffer an eclipse," now obsolete. Related: Eclipsed; eclipsing.

Origin and meaning of eclipse

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Definitions of eclipse
1
eclipse (v.)
be greater in significance than;
Synonyms: overshadow / dominate
eclipse (v.)
cause an eclipse of (a celestial body) by intervention;
The Sun eclipses the moon today
Synonyms: occult
2
eclipse (n.)
one celestial body obscures another;
Synonyms: occultation
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