American English

Definition of shadow verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shadow
    he / she / it shadows
    past simple shadowed
    -ing form shadowing
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    follow and watch
  1. 1shadow somebody to follow and watch someone closely and often secretly He was shadowed for a week by the secret police.
  2. 2shadow somebody to be with someone who is doing a particular job, so that you can learn about it It is often helpful for teachers to shadow managers in industry.
  3. cover with shadow
  4. 3shadow something to cover something with a shadow A wide-brimmed hat shadowed her face. The bay was shadowed by magnificent cliffs. see also overshadow
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: shadow