shed Definition

  • 1a simple roofed structure used for garden storage, hobbies, or as a workshop
  • 2to get rid of something you do not need or want anymore
  • 3to lose a covering, such as leaves, hair, or skin, naturally

Using shed: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "shed" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He built a shed in his backyard to store his tools.

  • Example

    I need to shed some weight before the summer.

  • Example

    The trees shed their leaves in the fall.

  • Example

    She shed her coat and hat as soon as she got inside.

shed Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for shed

Idioms Using shed

  • to show false sympathy or sadness


    The politician shed crocodile tears over the loss of jobs, but did nothing to help the workers.

  • to provide an explanation or clarification about something


    Can you shed some light on why the project was delayed?

  • to shed one's skin

    to change or transform oneself, often in a positive way


    After going through a difficult time, she felt like she had shed her old skin and become a new person.

Phrases with shed

  • shed blood

    to kill or be killed violently


    Many soldiers shed their blood on the battlefield.

  • to clarify or explain something


    The new evidence shed light on the mystery surrounding the crime.

  • to cry


    She shed tears of joy when she found out she got the job.

Origins of shed

from Old English 'scead', meaning 'separation' or 'division'


Summary: shed in Brief

The term 'shed' [ʃɛd] can refer to a simple roofed structure used for storage or as a workshop, or to the act of getting rid of something or losing a covering naturally. Examples include 'He built a shed in his backyard to store his tools.' and 'The trees shed their leaves in the fall.' Phrases like 'shed blood' and idioms like 'to shed crocodile tears' extend the meaning to violent death and false sympathy, respectively.

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