shade - definition and synonyms


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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

    1. a.
  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
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  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.

  8.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    throw shade (on/at) very informal to show disapproval or contempt for someone or something without saying anything explicit, especially with a look

    Hopefully my post didn't look like I was trying to throw shade or something.

    Anyone who throws shade at another chick by comparing her to Justin Bieber is more than alright in my book.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 21/12/2015
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