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English definition of “shadow”

shadow

adjective [before noun]     /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 CabinetGovernment ministers and civil servants
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