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shadownoun

 us   /ˈʃæd·oʊ/
  • shadow noun (DARKNESS)

[C/U] an area of darkness caused when light is blocked by something, usually in a shape similar to the object that is blocking the light: [C] Chloë kept jumping on Tyler’s shadow. [U] This corner of the room is always in shadow. [C] He was standing in the shadows (= a dark area).
  • shadow noun (SMALL AMOUNT)

[C] a small amount: He saw a shadow of malice in her dark eyes. Are you convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt?

shadowverb [T]

 us   /ˈʃæd·oʊ/
  • shadow verb [T] (FOLLOW)

to follow someone closely: Matsuoka was shadowed by a security officer.
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"shadow" in British English

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shadownoun

uk   /ˈʃæd.əʊ/  us   /ˈʃæd.oʊ/
  • shadow noun (DARKNESS)

B1 [C] an area of darkness, caused by light being blocked by something: The children were playing, jumping on each other's shadows. Jamie followed his mother around all day like a shadow. The sun shone through the leaves, casting/throwing shadows on the lawn. This corner of the room is always in shadow (= slight darkness).
the shadows [plural]
an area of darkness in which people and things cannot be seen: Someone jumped out of the shadows and grabbed my handbag.
[C] a small dark area of skin under your eye: She put on some make-up to cover the dark shadows under her eyes.
be in/under the shadow of sth
to be very close to a larger building or place: His workshop was in the shadow of the great church of San Paolo Maggiore.
to be in a situation in which something unpleasant either seems likely to happen and to have a bad effect on your life, or is already having a bad effect on your life: We are all living under the shadow of war.

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  • shadow noun (SMALL AMOUNT)

[S] a small amount: It is a tragic story, but there is a shadow of hope. There isn't a shadow of doubt that you've made the right decision.
beyond/without a shadow of a doubt
C2 If something is true beyond a shadow of a doubt, there is no doubt that it is true: This is without a shadow of a doubt the best movie I've seen all year.

shadowverb [T]

uk   /ˈʃæd.əʊ/  us   /ˈʃæd.oʊ/

shadowadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈʃæd.əʊ/  us   /ˈʃæd.oʊ/ UK
used in the title of important politicians in the main opposition party (= the party not in government): the Shadow Foreign Secretary the Shadow Cabinet
(Definition of shadow from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shadow" in Business English

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shadowverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈʃædəʊ/
HR to spend time with someone who is doing a particular job so that you can learn how to do it: All trainees are expected to spend a week shadowing an experienced manager.
to behave in the same way or move in the same direction as something else: The cost of goods and services will shadow the recent rise in oil prices.

shadowadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈʃædəʊ/
POLITICS in the UK, used to describe a leading member of Parliament whose party is not in power but who would be part of the cabinet (= people who are in charge of a department and make the main decisions) if their party were in power: the shadow Foreign Secretary
(Definition of shadow from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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