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shearverb

uk   /ʃɪər/ us   /ʃɪr/ sheared, sheared or shorn
  • shear verb (CUT)

[T] to cut the wool off a sheep: The farmer taught her how to shear sheep.
[T] to cut the hair on a person's head close to the skin, especially without care: He recalled the humiliation of having his hair shorn and exchanging his clothes for the prison uniform.
be shorn of sth
to have something taken away from you: The ex-president, although shorn of his official powers, still has influence.
shearing
noun [U] uk   /ˈʃɪə.rɪŋ/ us   /ˈʃɪr.ɪŋ/
sheep shearing

shearnoun [U]

uk   /ʃɪər/ us   /ʃɪr/
(Definition of shear from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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shearverb [T]

us   /ʃɪr/ past tense sheared, past participle sheared or shorn /ʃɔrn, ʃoʊrn/
  • shear verb [T] (CUT)

to cut off the hair of an animal or a person: The barber sheared Jim’s hair, just like you’d shear a sheep.

shearnoun [U]

/ʃɪr/
  • shear noun [U] (MOVEMENT)

earth science movement in the plates in the surface of the earth that causes them to change shape or break
(Definition of shear from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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