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



    BrE BrE//ʃed//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃed//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shed
    BrE BrE//ʃed//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃed//
    he / she / it sheds
    BrE BrE//ʃedz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃedz//
    past simple shed
    BrE BrE//ʃed//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃed//
    past participle shed
    BrE BrE//ʃed//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃed//
    -ing form shedding
    BrE BrE//ˈʃedɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃedɪŋ//
    Motoring problems and accidents
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    get rid of
  1. 1shed 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. 3shed something (British English) (of a vehicle) to lose or drop what it is carrying The traffic jam was caused by a lorry shedding its load. See related entries: Motoring problems and accidents
  5. skin/leaves
  6. 4shed 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
  7. light
  8. 5shed something (on/over somebody/something) to send light over something; to let light fall somewhere The candles shed a soft glow on her face.
  9. tears
  10. 6shed tears (formal or literary) to cry She shed no tears when she heard he was dead.
  11. blood
  12. 7shed blood (formal) to kill or injure people, especially in a war How much blood will be shed before the fighting ends? see also bloodshed
  13. Word Originverb Old English sc(e)ādan ‘separate out (one selected group), divide’, also ‘scatter’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German scheiden. Compare with sheath.Extra examples I went on a diet and managed to shed a few pounds. She was determined to shed some weight and get fit. The firm is trying to shed its old-fashioned image. The local car factory plans to shed 200 jobs. Her mother had shed ten years since her marriage to Douglas. It’s a quick way to shed pounds but it won’t make you healthier. The defence industry is in decline and shedding jobs.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.
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