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Definition of shed verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shed
    he / she / it sheds
    past simple shed
    -ing form shedding
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    get rid of
  1. 1shed something (often used in newspapers) to get rid of something that is no longer wanted The factory is shedding a large number of jobs. a quick way to shed unwanted pounds (= extra weight or fat on your body) Museums have been trying hard to shed their stuffy image.
  2. drop
  3. 2shed something (formal) to let something fall; to drop something Luke shed his clothes onto the floor. A duck's feathers shed water immediately.
  4. skin/leaves
  5. 3shed something if an animal sheds its skin, or a plant sheds leaves, it loses them naturally How often does a snake shed its skin? trees that shed their leaves in autumn
  6. light
  7. 4shed something (on/over somebody/something) to send light over something; to let light fall somewhere The candles shed a soft glow on her face.
  8. tears
  9. 5shed tears (formal or literary) to cry She shed no tears when she heard he was dead.
  10. blood
  11. 6shed blood (formal) to kill or injure people, especially in a war How much blood will be shed before the fighting ends? see also bloodshed
  12. Idioms
    cast/shed/throw light on something
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    to make a problem, etc. easier to understand Recent research has thrown new light on the causes of the disease.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: shed