- 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. drop
- 2shed something (formal) to let something fall; to drop something Luke shed his clothes onto the floor. A duck's feathers shed water immediately.
- 3shed something (British English) (of a vehicle) to lose or drop what it is carrying The traffic jam was caused by a lorry shedding its load. See related entries: Motoring problems and accidents skin/leaves
- 4shed 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 light
- 5shed something (on/over somebody/something) to send light over something; to let light fall somewhere The candles shed a soft glow on her face. tears
- 6shed tears (formal or literary) to cry She shed no tears when she heard he was dead. blood
- 7shed blood (formal) to kill or injure people, especially in a war How much blood will be shed before the fighting ends? see also bloodshed Word Originverb Old English sc(e)ādan ‘separate out (one selected group), divide’, also ‘scatter’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German scheiden. Compare with sheath.Extra examples I went on a diet and managed to shed a few pounds. She was determined to shed some weight and get fit. The firm is trying to shed its old-fashioned image. The local car factory plans to shed 200 jobs. Her mother had shed ten years since her marriage to Douglas. It’s a quick way to shed pounds but it won’t make you healthier. The defence industry is in decline and shedding jobs.Idioms to make a problem, etc. easier to understand Recent research has thrown new light on the causes of the disease.
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BrE BrE//ʃed//; NAmE NAmE//ʃed//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shed
BrE BrE//ʃed//; NAmE NAmE//ʃed//he / she / it sheds
BrE BrE//ʃedz//; NAmE NAmE//ʃedz//past simple shed
BrE BrE//ʃed//; NAmE NAmE//ʃed//past participle shed
BrE BrE//ʃed//; NAmE NAmE//ʃed//-ing form shedding
BrE BrE//ˈʃedɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃedɪŋ//Motoring problems and accidents