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Synonyms for shade

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lampshade, lamp shade, shade(noun)

    a protective ornamental covering for a lamp, used to screen a light bulb from direct view

    blind gentian, bottle gentian, closed gentian

  2. shade(noun)

    protective covering that protects something from direct sunlight

    "they used umbrellas as shades"; "as the sun moved he readjusted the shade"


  3. shade(noun)

    a representation of the effect of shadows in a picture or drawing (as by shading or darker pigment)

  4. shade, tint, tincture, tone(noun)

    a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color

    "after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted"

    ward off, debar, circumvent, evade, block up, lug, halt, sidestep, obturate, jam, stuff, fend off, block off, close up, blank out, freeze, bend, head off, obstruct, avert, deflect, impede, dodge, embarrass, kibosh, draw a blank, duck, hinder, avoid, block, forget, hedge, immobilize, stop, put off, stymy, fudge, blockade, immobilise, turn away, bar, occlude, barricade, obviate, elude, forefend, parry, choke up, forfend, stymie, stave off, distract, skirt

  5. ghost, shade, spook, wraith, specter, spectre(noun)

    a mental representation of some haunting experience

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

    echinococcosis, hydatidosis, hydatid disease

  6. nuance, nicety, shade, subtlety, refinement(noun)

    a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude

    "without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor"; "don't argue about shades of meaning"

    deletion, excision, excommunication, ablation, extirpation, cut, cutting out, displacement, deracination

  7. tad, shade(noun)

    a slight amount or degree of difference

    "a tad too expensive"; "not a tad of difference"; "the new model is a shade better than the old one"

    origin, lineage, stock, blood line, line, parentage, bloodline, pedigree, stemma, blood, line of descent, ancestry, descent


  8. shade(noun)

    a position of relative inferiority

    "an achievement that puts everything else in the shade"; "his brother's success left him in the shade"

  9. shade, shadiness, shadowiness(noun)

    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"

    love-philtre, love-potion, philter, philtre, love-philter

  10. shade(verb)

    pass from one quality such as color to another by a slight degree

    "the butterfly wings shade to yellow"

    actual, corporeal, veridical, real(a), substantial, significant, hearty, satisfying, real, substantive, solid, literal, material, square, genuine, strong, tangible, existent

    intangible, fictional, fabricated, illusive, mythological, false, illusional, nominal, unrealistic, abstract, illusory, mythologic, frivolous, eye-deceiving, envisioned, mythic, fabulous, illusionary, mythical, pretend, pictured, unreal, fantastical, fanciful, fancied, visualised, dreamed(a), legendary, trompe-l'oeil(a), make-believe, hallucinatory, imaginary, notional, fictitious, visualized, fabled, fantastic

  11. shade(verb)

    vary slightly

    "shade the meaning"

    substantial, actual, tangible, material, veridical, existent, genuine, real(a), literal

    mythological, make-believe, fictional, fabled, fictitious, mythic, abstract, trompe-l'oeil(a), fantastic, fabulous, eye-deceiving, envisioned, illusive, pictured, fanciful, false, pretend, visualized, nominal, dreamed(a), imaginary, unrealistic, hallucinatory, legendary, fabricated, visualised, mythologic, illusionary, unreal, mythical, frivolous, illusional, notional, illusory, fancied, fantastical, intangible

  12. shade(verb)

    protect from light, heat, or view

    "Shade your eyes when you step out into the bright sunlight"

    secularization, secularisation

  13. shade, fill in(verb)

    represent the effect of shade or shadow on

    sour orange, bitter orange tree, bitter orange, marmalade orange, bigarade

  14. shadow, shade, shade off(verb)

    cast a shadow over

    squash racquets, squash vine, squash rackets, squash

Editors Contribution

  1. tree canopy

    a shade area.

    Submitted by anonymous on May 6, 2020  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. shade(n.)


  2. shade(n.)

    darkness, obscurity, dusk, duskiness, gloom

  3. shade(n.)

    screen, curtain, veil

  4. shade(n.)

    color, hue, tint, tinge, cast, stain, dye

  5. shade(n.)

    degree, kind, variety, minute difference

  6. shade(n.)

    ghost, spirit, apparition, spectre, phantom, manes

  7. shade(v. a.)

    obscure, cloud, darken, eclipse, dim, obfuscate, put in shadow, cast in the shade

  8. shade(v. a.)

    screen, cover, protect

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. shade(n)

    umbrage, shadow

  2. shade(n. pl)

    darkness, obscurity, gloom, shadows, retreat, seclusion, screen, protection, curtain, awning, blind, spirit, ghost, specter, phantom, manes, minute difference, variation, nuance

  3. shade(v)

    screen, obscure, dim, obfuscate, cloud, darken, eclipse

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "shade":

    shadow, shading, shadows, grayling, nuance, sombra, grey, shred, hue

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How to use shade in a sentence?

  1. Marie Sauter:

    There is no shade, there is no cover. You are out exposed to the sun, the wind the heat, the reflection of the sun off the white sand. It's a hash desert environment.

  2. Dawn Holman:

    The higher the index, the more protection you need, if sunscreen works, great, but you can also seek shade, use clothing, darker not light clothing, to reflect the sun. The key here is to find something that works for you.

  3. Tommy prince:

    We bring tables and chairs to the park and help set up a tent for shade. It's a good time to see old friends that you don't see very often.

  4. Thomas Jefferson:

    Our friendships are precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life;and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part is sunshine.

  5. Greek proverb:

    A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit.

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    An antonym for "disparage"
    • A. blandish
    • B. minimize
    • C. diminish
    • D. belittle

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