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Partial or complete darkness, especially as produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface
“He drew back into the deep shadow and waited, if only to calm himself down.”
A tiny often physical indication of something lost or vanished
“A shadow of a smile creased her mouth.”
A weak or inferior remnant or version of something
“I am nothing more than a shadow of my old self, I am told.”
A person secretly following and observing another
“Being fascinated by the beauty of the park, she never noticed the shadow following her.”
A dark area or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface
“A light periodically shone through the cutout shape, casting a shadow onto the glass that resembled a tower.”
Used in reference to proximity, ominous oppressiveness, or sadness and gloom
“The growing importance of families in the shadow of war had profound effects, too, on the discussion of women's rights.”
The slightest trace of something
“She had never admitted that she was an agent before, either, even though he knew without a shadow of a doubt that she was.”
“He had become her shadow, staying constantly by her side.”
To make dark or gloomy
“Their faces were pale, but one did not know if they had eyes or ears, for they wore a hood that shadowed their faces.”
To go after or on the track of
“The British ships could only hope to shadow her at ever-increasing distances, rather than pursue her.”
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