shed - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participleshedding
past tenseshed
past participleshed
  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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