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English definition of “shield”

shield

verb [T]     /ʃiːld/
C1 to protect someone or something: She held her hand above her eyes to shield them from the sun . They are accused of trying to shield the General from US federal investigators .Defending and protectingBacking, supporting and defendingPreserving and saving in football , to keep your body between an opponent and the ball , with your back to the other player , to prevent them from getting the ball : We teach young players how to step in front of the defender and use their body to shield the ball .
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