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shadow

[ shad-oh ]
/ ˈʃæd oʊ /
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noun

verb (used with object)

adjective

of or relating to a shadow cabinet.
without official authority: a shadow government.

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Origin of shadow

First recorded before 900; Middle English noun shadwe, shadu(e), shadow(e), Old English sceadu, oblique case scead(u)we; Middle English verb shadwe(n), shadu(e) “to shade, provide shade, cast a shadow, protect,” Old English sceadwian “to cover with shadow, protect,” derivative of the noun; compare Old Saxon skadowan, skadoian, Gothic (ufar)skadwjan “to (over)shadow”; see also shade, shadow

synonym study for shadow

1. See shade.

OTHER WORDS FROM shadow

shad·ow·er, nounshad·ow·less, adjectiveshad·ow·like, adjectivepre·shad·ow, noun, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for shadow

shadow
/ (ˈʃædəʊ) /

noun

verb (tr)

Derived forms of shadow

shadower, nounshadowless, adjective

Word Origin for shadow

Old English sceadwe, oblique case of sceadu shade; related to Dutch schaduw
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Idioms and Phrases with shadow

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