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noun shadow pronunciation in American English /ˈʃædoʊ/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] [often plural] an area of darkness that is created when something blocks light

    The kids jumped out of the shadows, trying to scare us.

    in shadow:

    Even on a bright day, the room was in shadow.

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    1. a.
      [countable] a dark shape made on a surface when someone or something is between that surface and a light

      The trees cast long, scary shadows in the evening light.

      The dogs are always trying to chase their own shadows.

      in the shadow of something:

      She stood outside in the shadow of a large pine tree.

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  2. 2
    [countable] someone who follows another person wherever they go
  3. 3
    [countable] a dark area that appears under your eyes, when you are tired or worried
  4. 4
    [countable/uncountable] eye shadow
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