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Definition 1: refuge from danger or observation - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where shadow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he felt secure in his father's shadow

(shadow is a kind of ...) something or someone turned to for assistance or security

"his only recourse was the police" "took refuge in lying"

Definition 2: something existing in perception only - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where shadow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a ghostly apparition at midnight

Synonyms for shadow in the sense of this definition

(shadow is a kind of ...) an erroneous mental representation

(... is a kind of shadow ) an (apparently) flying object whose nature is unknown; especially those considered to have extraterrestrial origins

(... is a kind of shadow ) a phantom ship that is said to appear in storms near the Cape of Good Hope

(... is a kind of shadow ) a mental representation of some haunting experience

"he looked like he had seen a ghost" "it aroused specters from his past"

Definition 3: an indication that something has been present - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where shadow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim
  • a tincture of condescension

Synonyms for shadow in the sense of this definition

(shadow is a kind of ...) something that serves to indicate or suggest

"an indication of foul play" "indications of strain" "symptoms are the prime indicants of disease"

(... is a kind of shadow ) a trace suggesting that something was once present or felt or otherwise important

"the footprints of an earlier civilization"

Definition 4: a premonition of something adverse - [noun denoting feeling]

Samples where shadow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a shadow over his happiness

(shadow is a kind of ...) a feeling of evil to come

"a steadily escalating sense of foreboding" "the lawyer had a presentiment that the judge would dismiss the case"

Definition 5: an unilluminated area - [noun denoting location]

Samples where shadow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he moved off into the darkness

Synonyms for shadow in the sense of this definition

(shadow is a kind of ...) the place where some action occurs

"the police returned to the scene of the crime"

Definition 6: a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for shadow in the sense of this definition

(shadow is a kind of ...) someone who travels behind or pursues another

(shadow is a kind of ...) a secret watcher; someone who secretly watches other people

"my spies tell me that you had a good time last night"

Definition 7: an inseparable companion - [noun denoting person]

Samples where shadow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the poor child was his mother's shadow

(shadow is a kind of ...) someone who travels behind or pursues another

Definition 8: a dominating and pervasive presence - [noun denoting state]

Samples where shadow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he received little recognition working in the shadow of his father

(shadow is a kind of ...) the state of being present; current existence

"he tested for the presence of radon"

Definition 9: shade within clear boundaries - [noun denoting state]

(shadow is a kind of ...) relative darkness caused by light rays being intercepted by an opaque body

"it is much cooler in the shade" "there's too much shadiness to take good photographs"

(... is a kind of shadow ) a region of complete shadow resulting from total obstruction of light

(... is a kind of shadow ) a fringe region of partial shadow around an umbra

Definition 10: follow, usually without the person's knowledge - [verb of motion]

Samples where shadow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The police are shadowing her

(shadow is a kind of ...) to travel behind, go after, come after

"The ducklings followed their mother around the pond" "Please follow the guide through the museum"

Definition 11: make appear small by comparison - [verb of stative]

Samples where shadow or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This year's debt dwarfs that of last year

Synonyms for shadow in the sense of this definition

(shadow is a kind of ...) look down on

"The villa dominates the town"

Definition 12: cast a shadow over - [verb of weather]

Synonyms for shadow in the sense of this definition

(shadow is a kind of ...) make dark or darker

"darken a room"

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