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shade

noun (DEGREE)    /ʃeɪd/
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.Colour - general words [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.Categories and varietiesSpecies and genders 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.Some and quite shades of sth/sb informal similarities with something or someone: I fancied there were shades of socialism in the way the school was run.Similar and the sameDescribing people with the same qualities 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.Remembering, reminding and reminders
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