- 1to protect somebody/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.
- 2shield something to put a shield around a piece of machinery, etc. in order to protect the person using it Word Origin Old English scild (noun), scildan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schild and German Schild, from a base meaning
BrE BrE//ʃiːld//; NAmE NAmE//ʃiːld//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shield
BrE BrE//ʃiːld//; NAmE NAmE//ʃiːld//he / she / it shields
BrE BrE//ʃiːldz//; NAmE NAmE//ʃiːldz//past simple shielded
BrE BrE//ˈʃiːldɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃiːldɪd//past participle shielded
BrE BrE//ˈʃiːldɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃiːldɪd//-ing form shielding
BrE BrE//ˈʃiːldɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃiːldɪŋ//