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English noun: shade

1. shade (state) relative darkness caused by light rays being intercepted by an opaque body

SamplesIt is much cooler in the shade.
There's too much shadiness to take good photographs.

Synonymsshadiness, shadowiness

Broader (hypernym)semidarkness

Narrower (hyponym)shadow

2. shade (attribute) a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color

SamplesAfter several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted.

Synonymstincture, tint, tone

Broader (hypernym)color, coloring, colour, colouring

Narrower (hyponym)mellowness, richness, tinge, undertone

3. shade (artifact) protective covering that protects something from direct sunlight

SamplesThey used umbrellas as shades.
As the sun moved he readjusted the shade.

Broader (hypernym)protection, protective cover, protective covering

Narrower (hyponym)lamp shade, lampshade, parasol, sun visor, sunshade

4. shade (communication) a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude

SamplesWithout understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor.
Don't argue about shades of meaning.

Synonymsnicety, nuance, refinement, subtlety

Broader (hypernym)import, meaning, significance, signification

5. shade (state) a position of relative inferiority

SamplesAn achievement that puts everything else in the shade.
His brother's success left him in the shade.

Broader (hypernym)inferiority, lower rank, lower status

6. shade (quantity) a slight amount or degree of difference

SamplesA tad too expensive.
Not a tad of difference.
The new model is a shade better than the old one.


Broader (hypernym)small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity

7. shade (cognition) a mental representation of some haunting experience

SamplesHe looked like he had seen a ghost.
It aroused specters from his past.

Synonymsghost, specter, spectre, spook, wraith

Broader (hypernym)apparition, fantasm, phantasm, phantasma, phantom, shadow

8. shade (artifact) a representation of the effect of shadows in a picture or drawing (as by shading or darker pigment)

Broader (hypernym)representation

English verb: shade

1. shade (weather) cast a shadow over

Synonymsshade off, shadow

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

Broader (hypernym)darken

2. shade (creation) represent the effect of shade or shadow on

Synonymsfill in

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)draw, paint

Narrower (hyponym)crosshatch

Domain categoryart, artistic creation, artistic production

3. shade (contact) protect from light, heat, or view

SamplesShade your eyes when you step out into the bright sunlight.

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

Broader (hypernym)block out, screen

4. shade (change) vary slightly

SamplesShade the meaning.

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

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Verb groupshade

5. shade (change) pass from one quality such as color to another by a slight degree

SamplesThe butterfly wings shade to yellow.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)change

Verb groupshade

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