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noun shade pronunciation in British English /ʃeɪd/
Word Forms
  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
    1. a.
      American a roller blind
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  3. 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
  4. 4


    [plural] informal a pair of sunglasses
  5. 5
    [countable] [usually plural] a slightly different form or type of something
    All shades of political opinion were represented.
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  6. 6
    [countable] literary the spirit of someone who has died
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    [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.
  8. 8

    a shade

    [singular] a very small amount
    A shade less than 50 per cent approve of the idea.



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