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shadow

noun uk   /ˈʃæd.əʊ/ us    /-oʊ/

shadow noun (DARKNESS)

B1 [C] an area of darkness, caused by light being blocked by something: The children were playing, jumping on each other's shadows. Jamie followed his mother around all day like a shadow. The sun shone through the leaves, casting/throwing shadows on the lawn. This corner of the room is always in shadow (= slight darkness). the shadows [plural] an area of darkness in which people and things cannot be seen: Someone jumped out of the shadows and grabbed my handbag. [C] a small dark area of skin under your eye: She put on some make-up to cover the dark shadows under her eyes. be in/under the shadow of sth to be very close to a larger building or place: They live in a charming house in the shadow of the cathedral. to be in a situation in which something unpleasant either seems likely to happen and to have a bad effect on your life, or is already having a bad effect on your life: We are all living under the shadow of war.

shadow noun (SMALL AMOUNT)

[S] a small amount: It is a tragic story, but there is a shadow of hope. There isn't a shadow of doubt that you've made the right decision. beyond/without a shadow of a doubt C2 If something is true beyond a shadow of a doubt, there is no doubt that it is true: This is without a shadow of a doubt the best film I've seen all year.

shadow noun (FOLLOW)

[C] someone who follows another person everywhere: "I think we have a shadow on our tail," muttered the detective. Ever since he was able to walk, Stephen has been his older brother's shadow (= has followed him and copied his actions). [C] a person, especially in industry, who follows someone else while they are at work in order to learn about that person's job

shadow

verb [T] uk   /ˈʃæd.əʊ/ us    /-oʊ/

shadow verb [T] (FOLLOW)

to follow closely: The police think that the robbers shadowed their victims for days before the crime. The euro has closely shadowed the dollar. to follow someone else while they are at work in order to learn about that person's job: Your first week in the job will be spent shadowing one of our more experienced employees.

shadow verb [T] (DARKNESS)

to produce a shadow: We came across a glade shadowed by large trees.

shadow

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈʃæd.əʊ/ us    /-oʊ/ UK
used in the title of important politicians in the main opposition party (= the party not in government): the Shadow Foreign Secretary the Shadow Cabinet
(Definition of shadow from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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