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verb American English pronunciation: shower /ˈʃaʊər/ 
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present tense
present participleshowering
past tenseshowered
past participleshowered
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to wash yourself in a shower

    I need to shower and dress.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to give a large number of things or a large amount of something to someone
    shower someone with something:

    He showered her with flowers and jewelry.

    shower something on/upon someone:

    Susan showered kisses on the baby.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to fall in large quantities

    Bullets showered the building.

    shower down:

    The window smashed and glass showered down on the children.


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