1 shadow, shadiness, dimness, duskiness, semi-darkness, gloominess, murkiness, dusk, gloom, murk, darkness, obscurity, Literary shades:
We rested in the shade of an old oak to get out of the hot sun.
2 tint, tinge, tone, colour, hue, intensity:
The curtains should be of a lighter shade to match the wallpaper.
3 hint, intimation, tinge, suggestion, modicum, sprinkling, soupçon, trace, suspicion, undertone, overtone, touch, speck, dash, nuance, atom, grain, scintilla, iota, jot or tittle:
Did I detect a shade of sarcasm in your voice, Aloysius?
4 ghost, spectre, apparition, phantom, phantasm, spirit, wraith, vision, banshee, Colloq spook:
As night came on, horrifying shades took shape amongst the leafless trees.
5 blind, window-blind, curtain, venetian blind; lampshade; screen, cover, covering, protection, veil, awning, canopy, shield, shelter, umbrella, parasol:
We need shades to reduce the glare of the light. We had only a light tent as a shade against the broiling sun
6 fraction, hair's breadth, bit, hair, Colloq smidgen or smidgin:
Try moving the picture a shade to the left.
7 variation, variety, nuance, degree:
Do you really think his approval would make a shade of difference to me?
8 put (someone) in or into the shade. overshadow, exceed, surpass, outstrip, outclass, eclipse, outshine, best, better, beat, put to shame, outplay, outperform, outdo, Colloq run rings or circles around, show up:
Your record time in the 1000-metre put other contenders in the shade
9 shades. sun-glasses:
Take off those shades so I can see what you are thinking.
10 screen, protect, shield, shelter, cover:
You should shade your eyes from the direct sunlight.
11 darken, opaque, black out, blacken:
She shaded in parts of the diagram to give a better effect.
12 dim, shadow, veil, blot out, cloud, conceal, hide, obscure, shroud, screen, mask, camouflage, disguise:
The house is shaded from view by trees on the south side.
1 area out of the sunlight
cool | deep | welcome | dappled | leafy
in the leafy shade of a fig tree
searching for a patch of shade to rest in
VERB + SHADE
give (sb), offer (sb), provide (sb with)
in (the) ~
a plant that grows well in shade sitting in the shade
| into the ~
Let's move into the shade.
| under the ~ of
sitting under the shade of an umbrella
| ~ for
giving shade for cattle
| ~ from
The huge trees offered shade from the sun.
light and shade
2 type of colour
delicate, light, muted, pale, pastel, soft, subtle, translucent
The rooms were decorated in delicate pastel shades.
| dark, deep, rich, strong
His face turned an even deeper shade of red.
| bright, vivid | attractive, beautiful | startling, stunning
painted in startling shades of pink and orange
| autumnal, natural, neutral, warm
Towels in warm shades can soften the room.
VERB + SHADE
be available in, come in
This wool is available in 18 stunning shades.
in a ~
The sea glistened in shades of blue and emerald.
| ~ for
our new range of shades for lips and eyes
| ~ of
He threw out his old suits, all in shades of grey and brown.
3 small difference
reformers of all political shades
a word with various shades of meaning
shades of opinionverb
completely | lightly, partially
This plant prefers a lightly shaded position.
She shaded her eyes against the fierce sun.
We were completely shaded from the sun by the poplar trees.
a small town square shaded with trees
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