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"shred" in English

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uk /ʃred/ us /ʃred/

shredverb [ T ]

uk /ʃred/ us /ʃred/ -dd-

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

"shred" in American English

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shredverb [ T ]

us /ʃred/ -dd-

shred verb [ T ] (CUT)

to cut or tear something into small pieces:

Shred some lettuce into the salad bowl.
He shredded documents to get rid of them.


us /ʃred/

shred noun (SMALL AMOUNT)

[ C usually sing ] a very small amount of something:

There isn’t a shred of evidence to support her accusation.

shred noun (SMALL PIECE)

[ C usually pl ] a very small thin piece that has been cut or torn from something:

My silk blouse was ripped to shreds in the washing machine.

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

"shred" in Business English

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shredverb [ T ]

uk /ʃred/ us -dd-

to cut a document into small pieces so that it cannot be read:

Ideally, you should shred all bank statements and utility bills after you have finished with them.

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