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Definition of shield verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shield
    he / she / it shields
    past simple shielded
    -ing form shielding
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  1. 1to protect someone or something from danger, harm, or something unpleasant shield something against something I shielded my eyes against the glare. shield somebody/something from somebody/something The ozone layer shields the earth from the sun's ultraviolet rays. You can't shield her from the truth forever. shield somebody/something Police believe that somebody is shielding the killer.
  2. 2shield something to put a shield around a piece of machinery, etc. in order to protect the person using it
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