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Meaning of “shadow” in the English Dictionary

"shadow" in British English

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shadownoun

uk   /ˈʃæd.əʊ/  us   /-oʊ/
  • shadow noun (DARKNESS)

B1 [C] an ​area of ​darkness, ​caused by ​light being ​blocked by something: The ​children were ​playing, ​jumping on each other's shadows. Jamie ​followed his ​mother around all ​day like a shadow. The ​sunshone through the ​leaves, casting/​throwing shadows on the ​lawn. This ​corner of the ​room is always in shadow (= ​slightdarkness).the shadows [plural] an ​area of ​darkness in which ​people and things cannot be ​seen: Someone ​jumped out of the shadows and ​grabbed my ​handbag. [C] a ​smalldarkarea of ​skin under ​youreye: She put on some ​make-up to ​cover the ​dark shadows under her ​eyes.be in/under the shadow of sth to be very ​close to a ​largerbuilding or ​place: His ​workshop was in the shadow of the ​greatchurch of San Paolo Maggiore. to be in a ​situation in which something ​unpleasant either ​seemslikely to ​happen and to have a ​badeffect on ​yourlife, or is already having a ​badeffect on ​yourlife: We are all ​living under the shadow of war.

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  • shadow noun (SMALL AMOUNT)

[S] a ​smallamount: It is a ​tragicstory, but there is a shadow of ​hope. There isn't a shadow of ​doubt that you've made the ​rightdecision.beyond/without a shadow of a doubt C2 If something is ​true beyond a shadow of a ​doubt, there is no ​doubt that it is ​true: This is without a shadow of a ​doubt the ​bestmovie I've ​seen all ​year.
  • shadow noun (FOLLOW)

[C] someone who ​follows another ​personeverywhere: "I ​think we have a shadow on ​ourtail," ​muttered the ​detective. Ever since he was ​able to ​walk, Stephen has been his ​older brother's shadow (= has ​followed him and ​copied his ​actions). [C] UK a ​person who ​follows someone ​else while they are at ​work in ​order to ​learn about that person's ​job

shadowverb [T]

uk   /ˈʃæd.əʊ/  us   /-oʊ/
  • shadow verb [T] (FOLLOW)

to ​followclosely: The ​policethink that the ​robbers shadowed ​theirvictims for ​days before the ​crime. The ​euro has ​closely shadowed the ​dollar. to ​follow someone ​else while they are at ​work in ​order to ​learn about that person's ​job: Your first ​week in the ​job will be ​spent shadowing one of ​our more ​experiencedemployees.
  • shadow verb [T] (DARKNESS)

to ​produce a shadow: We came ​across a ​glade shadowed by ​largetrees.

shadowadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈʃæd.əʊ/  us   /-oʊ/ UK
used in the ​title of ​importantpoliticians in the ​main oppositionparty (= the ​party not in ​government): the Shadow Foreign ​Secretary the Shadow ​Cabinet
(Definition of shadow from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shadow" in American English

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shadownoun

 us   /ˈʃæd·oʊ/
  • shadow noun (DARKNESS)

[C/U] an ​area of ​darkness caused when ​light is ​blocked by something, usually in a ​shapesimilar to the ​object that is ​blocking the ​light: [C] Chloë ​keptjumping on Tyler’s shadow. [U] This ​corner of the ​room is always in shadow. [C] He was ​standing in the shadows (= a ​darkarea).
  • shadow noun (SMALL AMOUNT)

[C] a ​smallamount: He ​saw a shadow of ​malice in her ​darkeyes. Are you ​convinced beyond a shadow of a ​doubt?

shadowverb [T]

 us   /ˈʃæd·oʊ/
  • shadow verb [T] (FOLLOW)

to ​follow someone ​closely: Matsuoka was shadowed by a ​securityofficer.
(Definition of shadow from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"shadow" in Business English

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shadowverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈʃædəʊ/
HR to ​spendtime with someone who is doing a particular ​job so that you can learn how to do it: All ​trainees are expected to ​spend a week shadowing an ​experiencedmanager.
to ​behave in the same way or ​move in the same direction as something else: The ​cost of ​goods and ​services will shadow the recent ​rise in ​oilprices.

shadowadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈʃædəʊ/
POLITICS in the UK, used to describe a ​leadingmember of Parliament whose ​party is not in ​power but who would be ​part of the cabinet (= ​people who are in ​charge of a ​department and make the ​main decisions) if their ​party were in ​power: the shadow Foreign ​Secretary
(Definition of shadow from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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