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Definition of shade noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    out of sun
  1. 1[uncountable] shade (of something) an area that is dark and cool under or behind something, for example a tree or building, because the sun's light does not get to it We sat down in the shade of the wall. The temperature can reach 100°Fin the shade. The trees provide shade for the animals in the summer. These plants grow well in sun or shade. see also shady
  2. on lamp, etc.
  3. 2[countable] a thing that you use to prevent light from coming through or to make it less bright I bought a new shade for the lamp. an eyeshade see also lampshade, sunshade
  4. on window
  5. 3(also window shade) [countable] = blind
  6. of color
  7. 4[countable] shade (of something) a particular form of a color, that is, how dark or light it is a delicate/pale/rich/soft shade of red Cool pastel shades are just right for summer. Thesauruscolorshade hue tint tingeThese words all describe the appearance of things, resulting from the way in which they reflect light.color the appearance that things have, resulting from the way in which they reflect light. Red, green, and blue are colors:What's your favorite color? bright/dark/light colorsshade a particular form of a color, especially when describing how light or dark it is. Lavender is a shade of purple.hue (literary or technical) a color or a particular shade of a color:His face took on an unhealthy, whitish hue.tint a shade or small amount of a particular color; a faint color covering a surface:green leaves with red and gold tintstinge a small amount of a color:Her hair is brown with just a tinge of red.tint or tinge?You can saya reddish tint/tingeora tinge of redbut nota tint of red. Tint is more often used in the plural.Patterns a warm/rich color/shade/hue/tint a bright/vivid/vibrant/dark/deep color/shade/hue a pale/pastel/soft/subtle/delicate color/shade/hue a light/strong/neutral/natural color/shade
  8. in picture
  9. 5[uncountable] the dark areas in a picture, especially the use of these to produce variety The painting needs more light and shade.
  10. of opinion/feeling
  11. 6[countable, usually plural] shade of something a different kind or level of opinion, feeling, etc. politicians of all shades of opinion The word has many shades of meaning.
  12. slightly
  13. 7a shade [singular] a little; slightly synonym touch He was feeling a shade disappointed. Her skirt was a shade too short.
  14. for eyes
  15. 8shades [plural] (informal) = sunglasses
  16. ghost
  17. 9[countable] (literary) the spirit of a dead person; a ghost
  18. Which Word?shade / shadow Shade [U] is an area or a part of a place that is protected from the heat of the sun and so is darker and cooler:Let’s sit in the shade for a while. A shadow [C] is the dark shape made when a light shines on a person or an object:As the sun went down, we cast long shadows on the lawn. Shadow [U] is an area of darkness in which it is difficult to distinguish things easily:Her face was lost in shadow.Idioms
    put somebody/something in the shade
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    to be much better or more impressive than someone or something I tried hard but her work put mine in the shade.
    shades of somebody/something (informal)
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    used when you are referring to things that remind you of a particular person, thing, or time short skirts and long boots—shades of the 1960s
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