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showernoun [C]

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

a ​briefrain, or a ​lightfall 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 ​sprayswater on ​yourbody while you ​wash yourself, or an ​act of ​washing using such a ​device: He ​stays in the shower until there is no more ​hotwater! Have I got ​time to take a shower before we go out?
  • shower noun [C] (PARTY)

a ​partyheld 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 ​rainbriefly or ​snowlightly: 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)







"shower" in British English

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showernoun

uk   /ʃaʊər/  us   /ʃaʊr/
  • shower noun (WASHING DEVICE)

A1 [C] a ​device that ​releasesdrops of ​water through a lot of very ​smallholes and that you ​stand under to ​washyourwholebody: The shower is ​broken - you'll have to have a ​bath. Many British ​homes have a shower attachmentfixed to the ​bathtaps. a shower curtain/​capA1 [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 ​shortperiod 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 ​smallobjects or ​drops of ​liquid coming through the ​air: There was a ​bang and a shower of ​sparks. The ​pipeburst, ​sending out a shower ofwater. a ​largeamount of something: She ​received a shower ofpraise from her ​colleagues.
  • shower noun (PARTY)

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

showerverb

uk   /ʃaʊər/  us   /ʃaʊr/
  • shower verb (WASH)

B2 [I] to take a shower: I shower every ​morning.
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(Definition of shower from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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