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shed

noun [C] uk   us   /ʃed/
B2 a small building, usually made of wood, used for storing things: a garden shed a tool/bicycle shed a large, simple building used for a particular activity: the lambing shed
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shed

verb uk   us   /ʃed/ (present participle shedding, past tense and past participle shed)

shed verb (GET RID OF)

[T] (often used in newspapers) to get rid of something you do not need or want: 900 jobs will be shed over the next few months. Psychotherapy helped him to shed some of his insecurity/inhibitions. I'm going on a diet to see if I can shed (= become thinner by losing) a few kilos. [T] to lose a covering, such as leaves, hair, or skin, because it falls off naturally, or to drop something in a natural way or by accident: The trees shed their leaves in autumn. They ran down to the sea, shedding clothes as they went.UK A lorry had shed a load of gravel across the road.
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shed verb (PRODUCE)

shed tears, blood, light, etc. C1 to produce tears, light, blood, etc.: She shed a few tears at her daughter's wedding. So much blood has been shed (= so many people have been badly hurt or killed) in this war.
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