Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “shade”

See all translations

shade

noun  /ʃeɪd/ us  

shade noun (DARKNESS)

[C/U] darkness and cooler temperatures caused by something blocking the direct light from the sun: [U] The truck was parked in the shade. [C/U] A shade is a covering that is put over a light to make it less bright: [C] The lamps had matching shades. [C/U] A shade is also a cover, usually attached at the top of a window, that can be pulled over a window to block the light or to keep people from looking in.

shade noun (DEGREE)

art [C] a degree of darkness of a color: He painted the room a beautiful shade of red. [C] A shade can also mean one type among several: Simple yes-or-no questions can’t reveal all shades of opinion.
Idioms

shade

verb  /ʃeɪd/ us  

shade verb (DARKEN)

[T] to make part of something slightly darker: Students shade the ovals on multiple-choice tests.

shade verb (CHANGE BY DEGREES)

[I/T] to gradually change something, or to gradually change from one thing to another: [I] The sky shaded from pink into red.

shade verb (BLOCK LIGHT)

[T] to prevent direct light from shining on something: She shaded her eyes with her hand. The backyard is shaded by tall oaks.
(Definition of shade from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of shade?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “shade” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

pup

a baby of particular animals, or a puppy

Word of the Day

I won’t tolerate it! Replacing formal words with phrasal verbs.

by Liz Walter,
April 01, 2015
When you are using a language, it is important to understand if a word is formal or informal, so that you can use it in an appropriate way. You might hear people saying dosh for money, or spud for potato, but they wouldn’t write those words in a formal essay. Similarly, a

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More