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shower

noun uk   /ʃaʊər/  us   /ʃaʊr/

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/capA1 [C] a wash using such a device: Have I got time to have (US take) 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. Would you like him to phone 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.

shower noun (PARTY)

[C] US a party held for a woman just before she gets married or gives birth to a child, when she is given presents for her future home or baby: I bought the cutest baby clothes to take to Jacey's baby shower. We went to my cousin's bridal shower yesterday.

shower

verb uk   /ʃaʊər/  us   /ʃaʊr/

shower verb (FALL)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to fall down or come out in a shower, or to make something do this: I heard a massive explosion, and seconds later fragments of glass were showering (= falling) down on us. She shook the bottle violently and showered us with champagne.

shower verb (WASH)

B2 [I] to take a shower: I shower every morning.
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