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shallow

adjective uk   /ˈʃæl.əʊ/ us    /-oʊ/

shallow adjective (NOT DEEP)

B2 having only a short distance from the top to the bottom: The stream was quite shallow so we were able to walk across it. She told her children to stay in the shallow end (of the swimming pool). Fry the onions in a shallow pan. These beech trees have shallow roots (= roots which do not go very deep into the ground). shallow breathing breathing in which you only take a small amount of air into your lungs with each breath

shallow adjective (NOT SERIOUS)

C2 disapproving not showing serious or careful thought: I found the film rather shallow. I think she found him physically quite attractive but a bit shallow.
shallowly
adverb uk   /-li/ us    /-oʊ-/
shallowness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Because of the shallowness of the water, we could see the fish in it very clearly. The fine performances of the actors hide the shallowness of the play's script.

shallow

noun uk   /ˈʃæl.əʊ/ us    /-oʊ/
the shallows [plural] the shallow part of an area of water: Alligators live in the shallows.
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