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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. 1 shed 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. 3 shed 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. 4 shed 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. 5 shed tears (formal or literary) to cry She shed no tears when she heard he was dead.
  10. blood
  11. 6 shed 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