Shed - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ʃed|  American pronunciation of the word shed
Brit.  |ʃed|  British pronunciation of the word shed
irregular verb:  p.t. — shed  p.p. — shed


- an outbuilding with a single story; used for shelter or storage


- get rid of (syn: cast, cast off, drop, shake off, throw, throw away, throw off)
he shed his image as a pushy boss
shed your clothes
- pour out in drops or small quantities or as if in drops or small quantities (syn: spill)
shed tears
God shed His grace on Thee
- cause or allow (a solid substance) to flow or run out or over (syn: disgorge, spill)
- cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers (syn: exuviate, molt, moult, slough)
our dog sheds every Spring


- shed at an early stage of development (syn: caducous)

Extra examples

So much blood has been shed in this war.

Trees shed their leaves.

Animals shed their thicker winter coats.

They ran down to the sea, shedding clothes as they went.

Psychotherapy helped him to shed some of his insecurity.

The company is planning to shed about a quarter of its workforce.

The magazine is desperately trying to shed its old-fashioned image.

The trees were starting to shed their leaves.

As it grows, a snake will regularly shed its skin.

He strode across the bathroom, shedding wet clothes as he went.

A lorry shed its load of steel bars on the M25.

Look, you're shedding tears on my best coat!

The space shuttle began shedding pieces as it flew over California.

The findings may shed light on the mechanisms and functions of sleep.

Can you shed any light on the mysterious disappearance of these papers?

Word forms

I/you/we/they: shed
he/she/it: sheds
present participle: shedding
past tense: shed
past participle: shed
singular: shed
plural: sheds
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