Definition of shadow verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    shadow

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈʃædəʊ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃædoʊ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shadow
    BrE BrE//ˈʃædəʊ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃædoʊ//
     
    he / she / it shadows
    BrE BrE//ˈʃædəʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃædoʊz//
     
    past simple shadowed
    BrE BrE//ˈʃædəʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃædoʊd//
     
    past participle shadowed
    BrE BrE//ˈʃædəʊd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃædoʊd//
     
    -ing form shadowing
    BrE BrE//ˈʃædəʊɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃædoʊɪŋ//
     
     
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    follow and watch
  1. 1shadow somebody to follow and watch somebody closely and often secretly He was shadowed for a week by the secret police.
  2. 2shadow somebody to be with somebody 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.
  5. see also overshadow
    Word Origin Old English scead(u)we (noun), oblique case of sceadu (see shade), sceadwian ‘screen or shield from attack’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schaduw and German Schatten (nouns), from an Indo-European root shared by Greek skotos ‘darkness’.
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