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Meaning & Definition of Shadow in English

English

Shadow

/ʃædoʊ/

noun

1. Shade within clear boundaries

    synonym:
  • shadow

2. An unilluminated area

  • "He moved off into the darkness"
    synonym:
  • darkness
  • ,
  • dark
  • ,
  • shadow

3. Something existing in perception only

  • "A ghostly apparition at midnight"
    synonym:
  • apparition
  • ,
  • phantom
  • ,
  • phantasm
  • ,
  • phantasma
  • ,
  • fantasm
  • ,
  • shadow

4. A premonition of something adverse

  • "A shadow over his happiness"
    synonym:
  • shadow

5. An indication that something has been present

  • "There wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim"
  • "A tincture of condescension"
    synonym:
  • trace
  • ,
  • vestige
  • ,
  • tincture
  • ,
  • shadow

6. Refuge from danger or observation

  • "He felt secure in his father's shadow"
    synonym:
  • shadow

7. A dominating and pervasive presence

  • "He received little recognition working in the shadow of his father"
    synonym:
  • shadow

8. A spy employed to follow someone and report their movements

    synonym:
  • tail
  • ,
  • shadow
  • ,
  • shadower

9. An inseparable companion

  • "The poor child was his mother's shadow"
    synonym:
  • shadow

verb

1. Follow, usually without the person's knowledge

  • "The police are shadowing her"
    synonym:
  • shadow

2. Cast a shadow over

    synonym:
  • shadow
  • ,
  • shade
  • ,
  • shade off

3. Make appear small by comparison

  • "This year's debt dwarfs that of last year"
    synonym:
  • shadow
  • ,
  • overshadow
  • ,
  • dwarf

Examples of using

I believe, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that she is innocent.
There's no light without a shadow.
A dark shadow passed behind Tom.