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shieldnoun [C]

us   /ʃild/
a piece of metal or other material, carried to protect the front of the body when being attacked, or a person or thing that provides protection: The police held up their riot shields. The ozone layer is the earth’s shield against radiation from the sun.

shieldverb [T always + adv/prep]

us   /ʃild/
to protect someone or something: When the lights came on, I shielded my eyes with my hands, Mom tried to shield us from the bad news.
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shieldnoun [C]

uk   /ʃiːld/ us   /ʃiːld/
C2 in the past, a large, flat object made of metal or leather that soldiers held in front of their bodies to protect themselves
a large, flat object made of strong plastic that police officers hold in front of their bodies to protect themselves: The police held up their riot shields against the flying rocks and bricks.
something or someone used as protection or providing protection: The anti-personnel mines were laid as a protective shield around the town. Anger can function as a shield against (= a way of avoiding) even more painful emotions of loss and hurt.
a flat object with two straight sides, a rounded or pointed lower edge, and usually a straight top edge, on which there is a coat of arms
an object shaped like a shield that is used as a symbol or badge: The blazer has a shield sewn on the pocket.US When he retired from the police, he had to turn in his shield.
UK an object shaped like a shield that is given as a prize: Our school won the county basketball shield this year.

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shieldverb [T]

uk   /ʃiːld/ us   /ʃiːld/
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