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noun shade pronunciation in British English /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.

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  2. 2
    [countable] a screen or cover that protects something from the sun

    an eye shade

  3. 4


    [plural] informal a pair of sunglasses
  4. 5
    [countable] [usually plural] a slightly different form or type of something
  5. 6
    [countable] literary the spirit of someone who has died
  6. 7


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

    Look at all these kidsgamesshades of my childhood.

  7. 8

    a shade

    [singular] a very small amount

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


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