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shade

noun uk   /ʃeɪd/ us  

shade noun (SLIGHT DARKNESS)

B1 [U] slight darkness caused by something blocking the direct light from the sun: The sun was hot, and there were no trees to offer us shade. The children played in/under the shade of a large beach umbrella.
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C2 [C] a covering that is put over an electric light in order to make it less bright: The lamps all had matching purple shades. [U] specialized ( also shading) art the parts of a picture or painting that the artist has made slightly darker than the other parts: A good artist can produce a very realistic effect using only light and shade.shades [plural] informal →  sunglasses : She was wearing a black leather jacket and shades. [C] US ( UK blind) a piece of material fixed onto a wooden or metal roller that can be pulled down to cover a window
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shade noun (DEGREE)

B2 [C] a type or degree of a colour: Their kitchen is painted an unusual shade of yellow/an unusual yellow shade. This hair colouring comes in several shades. The room has been decorated in pastel shades (= soft and light colours) throughout. [C] something that is slightly different from other, similar things: They are hoping to satisfy all shades of public opinion. There are several shades of meaning in that sentence.a shade C1 slightly: Don't you think those trousers are a shade too tight? The journey took us a shade over/under three hours. Our new car cost us a shade more/less than we were expecting it to.shades of sth/sb informal similarities with something or someone: I fancied there were shades of socialism in the way the school was run. said to mean that something or someone makes you remember something or someone similar in the past: In his speech he said - shades of Martin Luther King Jr. - that he had a dream.

shade

verb uk   /ʃeɪd/ us  

shade verb (STOP LIGHT)

[T] to prevent direct light from shining on something: I shaded my eyes from the glare of the sun. The broad avenues are shaded by splendid trees.

shade verb (CHANGE)

[I usually + adv/prep] to gradually change or become: At sunset, the sky shaded from pink into dark red. Their views shade into the policies of the extreme left of the party.
shaded
adjective uk   /ˈʃeɪ.dɪd/ us  
Nothing will grow in the shaded part of the garden. The shaded areas of the plans show where the houses will be built.
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