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verb [transitive] shed pronunciation in British English /ʃed/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleshedding
past tenseshed
past participleshed
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  1. 1
    to get rid of something that is not wanted or is no longer necessary
    He is keen to shed his ‘bad-boy’ image.
    shed jobs/staff: The company shed a further 250 jobs this month.
    shed weight/pounds: You need to shed a few pounds.
  2. 2
    to let something fall off as part of a natural process
    Deciduous trees shed their leaves each autumn.
    A snake was shedding its skin.
    1. a.
      British mainly journalism to lose something accidentally because it falls off
      The road was closed after a lorry shed its load.



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