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adjective shallow pronunciation in British English /ˈʃæləʊ/
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  1. 1
    with only a short distance from the top or surface to the bottom

    Move to the shallow end of the pool.

    He dug a shallow trench.

    The dish needs to be quite shallow.

  2. 3
    taking in only a little air

    Her breathing was very shallow.

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