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English adjective: shallow

1. shallow lacking physical depth; having little spatial extension downward or inward from an outer surface or backward or outward from a center

SamplesShallow water.
A shallow dish.
A shallow cut.
A shallow closet.
Established a shallow beachhead.
Hit the ball to shallow left field.

Similarankle-deep, fordable, knee-deep, neritic, reefy, shelfy, shelvy, shoaly

Attributedeepness, depth


2. shallow not deep or strong; not affecting one deeply

SamplesShallow breathing.
A night of shallow fretful sleep.
In a shallow trance.

Similarlight, wakeful

Attributedeepness, depth


3. shallow lacking depth of intellect or knowledge; concerned only with what is obvious

SamplesShallow people.
His arguments seemed shallow and tedious.



English noun: shallow

1. shallow (object) a stretch of shallow water


Broader (hypernym)body of water, water

English verb: shallow

1. shallow (change) make shallow

SamplesThe silt shallowed the canal.


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

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

2. shallow (change) become shallow

SamplesThe lake shallowed over time.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change

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