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eclipse (verb) excel; surpass.
When A proves greater, more powerful, or more famous than B, and as a result B appears less great, etc., than A, A eclipses B. New athletes and new performers often eclipse the old ones. That is, they do better than their predecessors. Tendulkar, the famous cricketer of India eclipsed Don Bradman of Australia. That is, he broke the records held earlier by Don Bradman.
- The eighth grade soccer players of the school were better than the school soccer team whom they eclipsed by better dribbling, better passes, and better footwork.
- He was a young man of bright talent, but his wrong choice of a career for which he had no aptitude let others eclipse him.