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English definition of “shred”

shred

verb [T]     /ʃred/ (-dd-)
to cut or tear something roughly into thin strips : Shred the lettuce and arrange it around the edge of the dish . shredded carrot / paper Tearing and breaking into pieces to destroy a document by tearing it into strips , especially in a machine : He ordered his secretary to shred important documents when government inspectors started investigating his business affairs .Tearing and breaking into pieces
(Definition of shred verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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