Meaning of “shed” in the English Dictionary

"shed" in English

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shednoun [ C ]

uk /ʃed/ us /ʃed/


uk /ʃed/ us /ʃed/ present participle shedding, past tense and past participle shed

shed verb (GET RID OF)

[ T ] (often used in newspapers) to get rid of something you do not need or want:

900 jobs will be shed over the next few months.
Psychotherapy helped him to shed some of his insecurity/inhibitions.
I'm going on a diet to see if I can shed (= become thinner by losing) a few pounds.

[ T ] to lose a covering, such as leaves, hair, or skin, because it falls off naturally, or to drop something in a natural way or by accident:

The trees shed their leaves in autumn.
They ran down to the water, shedding clothes as they went.
UK A lorry had shed a load of gravel across the road.

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shed verb (PRODUCE)

shed tears, blood, light, etc.

C1 to produce tears, light, blood, etc.:

She shed a few tears at her daughter's wedding.
So much blood has been shed (= so many people have been badly hurt or killed) in this war.


uk /ʃid/ /ʃiːd/ us /ʃid/ /ʃiːd/

short form of she had:

She'd found the answer, at last.

short form of she would:

She'd be a great managing director, don't you think?

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  • She'd already left.
  • She'd eaten all of it.
  • She'd already told me.
  • She'd love to see you.
  • She'd come if you asked her.

(Definition of “shed” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shed" in American English

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shednoun [ C ]

us /ʃed/

shed noun [ C ] (BUILDING)

a small building usually used for storage or shelter:

The lawn mower is kept in the shed.


us /ʃed/

shed verb (GET RID OF)

[ T ] present participle shedding, past tense and past participle shed to get rid of something:

As the day warmed up, she shed her sweater.

shed verb (FALL OFF)

[ I/T ] to lose hair, leaves, or skin, or to cause hair, skin, or leaves to drop:

[ I ] My cat shed all over the couch.
[ T ] By November, the trees had shed their leaves.

shed verb (FLOW)

[ T ] to make blood or tears flow:

He didn’t shed one tear when his old car was stolen.

shed verb (SPREAD)

[ T ] present participle shedding, past tense and past participle shed to spread light:

A single bulb shed a harsh light on the table.


us /ʃid/

contraction of she had or she would:

She’d (= She had) already left.
I think she’d (= she would) like to go to the dance with you.

(Definition of “shed” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"shed" in Business English

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shedverb [ T ]

uk /ʃed/ us shedding, shed, shed

to get rid of something you do not need or want, especially jobs or employees:

There are rumors that the retailer will shed more than 400 jobs over the next year.

STOCK MARKET to lose value in the stock market or other financial markets:

The stock shed another 16% of its value yesterday, closing at $15.25.
The Dow Jones industrial average shed 242.66 points, or 1.97%, to close at 12,075.96.

shednoun [ C ]

uk /ʃed/ us

a large simple building, usually used for storing equipment:

The structure is used as a truck storage shed.

(Definition of “shed” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)