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noun British English pronunciation: shade /ʃeɪd/ 
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] a slightly dark area where the light from the sun does not reach because it is blocked by something

    He pulled a wicker chair into the shade.

    shade of:

    I spent the afternoon reading under the shade of an umbrella.

    in the shade:

    We sat in the shade and ate our lunch.

  2. 3
    [countable] a particular form of a colour. For example sky blue and navy blue are shades of blue

    The painter used different textures and shades to represent the seasons.

    a brilliant shade of red

  3. 5
    [countable] [usually plural] a slightly different form or type of something

    All shades of political opinion were represented.

  4. 7

    shades

    [plural] something that reminds someone of another person, thing, or period of time
    shade of:

    Look at all these kids' games – shades of my childhood.

  5. 8

    a shade

    [singular] a very small amount

    A shade less than 50 per cent approve of the idea.

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