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"shower" in British English

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showernoun

uk   /ʃaʊər/  us   /ˈʃaʊ.ɚ/
  • shower noun (WASHING DEVICE)

A1 [C] a device that releases drops of water through a lot of very small holes and that you stand under to wash your whole body: The shower is broken - you'll have to have a bath. Many British homes have a shower attachment fixed to the bath taps. a shower curtain/cap
A1 [C] an acting of washing using a shower: Do I have time to have a shower before we go out?
A1 [C] a place, usually in a bathroom, where a shower is situated: He's in the shower at the moment. Do you want him to call you back?

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  • shower noun (RAIN)

B1 [C] a short period of rain or snow: showers of rain, hail and sleet You're soaked! Did you get caught in the shower? There will be thundery/wintry showers over many parts of the country. Snow showers are expected at the end of the week.

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  • shower noun (MASS)

a shower of sth
a lot of small objects or drops of liquid coming through the air: There was a bang and a shower of sparks. The pipe burst, sending out a shower of water.
a large amount of something: She received a shower of praise from her colleagues.

showerverb

uk   /ʃaʊər/  us   /ˈʃaʊ.ɚ/
(Definition of shower from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shower" in American English

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showernoun [C]

 us   /ˈʃɑʊ·ər/
  • shower noun [C] (RAIN)

a brief rain, or a light fall of snow: a snow shower
A shower is also something that falls like rain: a shower of sparks a shower of confetti
  • shower noun [C] (DEVICE)

a device that sprays water on your body while you wash yourself, or an act of washing using such a device: He stays in the shower until there is no more hot water! Have I got time to take a shower before we go out?
  • shower noun [C] (PARTY)

a party held to give presents to someone who will soon be married or will become a parent: a bridal shower a baby shower

showerverb

 us   /ˈʃɑʊ·ər, ʃɑʊər/
  • shower verb (GIVE)

[T always + adv/prep] to give a lot of something to someone: His family showers him with love.
  • shower verb (RAIN)

[I] to rain briefly or snow lightly: It showered on and off all afternoon.
  • shower verb (WASH)

[I] to wash yourself by using a shower: I usually shower in the morning.
(Definition of shower from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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