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English noun: shadow

1. shadow (state) shade within clear boundaries


Broader (hypernym)shade, shadiness, shadowiness


Narrower (hyponym)penumbra, umbra

2. shadow (location) an unilluminated area


SamplesHe moved off into the darkness.


Synonymsdark, darkness


Broader (hypernym)scene

3. shadow (cognition) something existing in perception only


SamplesA ghostly apparition at midnight.


Synonymsapparition, fantasm, phantasm, phantasma, phantom


Broader (hypernym)illusion, semblance


Narrower (hyponym)Flying Dutchman, flying saucer, ghost, shade, specter, spectre, spook, UFO, unidentified flying object, wraith

4. shadow (feeling) a premonition of something adverse


SamplesA shadow over his happiness.


Broader (hypernym)boding, foreboding, premonition, presentiment

5. shadow (communication) an indication that something has been present


SamplesThere wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim.
A tincture of condescension.


Synonymstincture, trace, vestige


Broader (hypernym)indicant, indication


Narrower (hyponym)footprint

6. shadow (attribute) refuge from danger or observation


SamplesHe felt secure in his father's shadow.


Broader (hypernym)recourse, refuge, resort

7. shadow (state) a dominating and pervasive presence


SamplesHe received little recognition working in the shadow of his father.


Broader (hypernym)presence

8. shadow (person) a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements


Synonymsshadower, tail


Broader (hypernym)follower, spy

9. shadow (person) an inseparable companion


SamplesThe poor child was his mother's shadow.


Broader (hypernym)follower


English verb: shadow

1. shadow (motion) follow, usually without the person's knowledge


SamplesThe police are shadowing her.


ExamplesSam cannot shadow Sue


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)follow

2. shadow (weather) cast a shadow over


Synonymsshade, shade off


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)darken

3. shadow (stative) make appear small by comparison


SamplesThis year's debt dwarfs that of last year.


Synonymsdwarf, overshadow


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)command, dominate, overlook, overtop









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