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verb [transitive]     shed pronunciation in American English
/ʃed/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyshed
he/she/itsheds
present participleshedding
past tenseshed
past participleshed
  1. 1
    to get rid of something that is not wanted or is no longer necessary

    He is keen to shed his “bad-boy” image.

    shed workers/employees:

    The company shed another 250 workers this month.

  2. 2
    to let something fall off as part of a natural process

    Deciduous trees shed their leaves each fall.

    A snake was shedding its skin.

    1. a.
      British mainly journalism to lose something accidentally because it falls off

      The road was closed after a logging truck shed its load.

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