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verb [transitive] shield pronunciation in British English /ʃiːld/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyshield
he/she/itshields
present participleshielding
past tenseshielded
past participleshielded

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  1. 1
    [often passive] to protect something, usually from being hit, touched, or seen
    shield something from something:

    These plants should be shielded from direct sunlight.

    shield something from view:

    The house was shielded from view by tall trees.

    shield your eyes/face:

    She shielded her eyes against the sun's glare.

  2. 2
    to protect someone from something unpleasant
    shield someone from something:

    He is anxious to shield his children from the press.

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