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"shallow" in British English

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uk   /ˈʃæl.əʊ/ us   /ˈʃæl.oʊ/
  • shallow adjective (NOT DEEP)

B2 having only a short distance from the top to the bottom: The stream was fairly 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

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adverb uk   /ˈʃæl.əʊ.li/ us   /ˈʃæl.oʊ.li/
noun [U] uk   /ˈʃæl.əʊ.nəs/ us   /ˈʃæl.oʊ.nəs/
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.


uk   /ˈʃæl.əʊ/ us   /ˈʃæl.oʊ/
the shallows [plural]
the shallow part of an area of water: Alligators live in the shallows.
(Definition of shallow from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shallow" in American English

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shallowadjective [-er/-est only]

us   /ˈʃæl·oʊ/
having only a short distance from the top to the bottom: shallow water Transfer the tofu and broccoli to a shallow bowl.
not showing serious or careful thought or real understanding: Reviewers called the book lightweight, shallow, and simplistic.
(Definition of shallow from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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