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Definition of shallow adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (shallower, shallowest)
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  1. 1not having much distance between the top or surface and the bottom a shallow dish They were playing in the shallow end (= of the swimming pool). These fish are found in shallow waters around the coast. The body was found in a shallow grave. shallow roots (= that grow near the surface of the ground) opposite deep
  2. 2(disapproving) (of a person, an idea, a comment, etc.) not showing serious thought, feelings, etc. about something synonym superficial This shows how shallow their commitment to the environment really is.
  3. 3shallow breathing involves taking in only a small amount of air each time
adverb He was breathing shallowly.
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noun [uncountable]
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