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Spanish translation of 'shadow'

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[ˈʃædəʊ ]
(dark shape) sombra f
(darkness) oscuridad ftinieblas fpl
in the shadow a la sombra
five o’clock shadow barba f de ocho horas
doctors have discovered a shadow on his lung los médicos le han detectado una sombra or mancha en el pulmón
to cast a shadow over sth (figurative) ensombrecer algo
to live in the shadow of sth/sb vivir eclipsado por algo/algn
2.  (informal) (tail) perseguidor (perseguidora) m/f
to put a shadow on sb hacer seguir a algn
3.  (figurative)
(faithful companion) sombra f
4.  (Politics) miembro de la oposición con un cargo análogo al de ministro
Clarke flung at his shadow the accusation that he was a “tabloid politician” Clarke lanzó a su homólogo en la oposición la acusación de ser un “político sensacionalista”
5.  (figurative)
(small amount)
[of doubt, suspicion] atisbo masomo msombra f
I never had a or the shadow of a doubt that he was right jamás tuve el menor asomo or atisbo or la menor sombra de duda de que tenía razón
without a shadow of a doubt sin (la menor) sombra de duda
6.  (vestige) sombra f
he is a shadow of the man he used to be no es ni sombra de lo que era
a shadow of his former self la sombra de lo que fue
transitive verb
1.  (follow) seguir y vigilar
I was shadowed all the way home me siguieron hasta mi casa
2.  (darken) ensombreceroscurecer
the hood shadowed her face la capucha ensombrecía or oscurecía su rostro
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Example Sentences Including 'shadow'

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My shadow follows me as I walk westward.
Travers, P L What the Bee Knows - reflections on myth, symbol and story (1989)
As a result, they can often be gloomy, and shadows on stairs can be dangerous.
Times, Sunday Times (2015)
My mind plays tricks, seeing shadows and making new shadows against the wall.
Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Portrait photos taken there can look disappointing because bright sunlight often casts shadows on the face.
Times, Sunday Times (2010)
Stay in that area while you shadow box.
The Sun (2009)
But that shadow is always going to be there.
The Sun (2011)
From a personal point of view, it was tough carrying my name and following in the shadow of my dad.
Times, Sunday Times (2011)
The visiting team's superior passing and movement had the home players chasing shadows and it was little surprise when the second goal arrived in the twentieth minute.
Times, Sunday Times (2013)
We should go down in history for what we have done without a shadow of doubt.
The Sun (2016)
Light and dark in my left eye and shapes and shadows in my right.
Times, Sunday Times (2007)
They grow up always looking from shadow into light.
Times, Sunday Times (2013)
Use medium to dark shadow at the outer corners.
Times, Sunday Times (2007)
We love thee for adding a little grey eye shadow to make things look more swish and modern.
Times, Sunday Times (2013)
Where had my shadow side gone?
Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Fast-forward three months to last week and the same shadow minister was studying the bottom of his wine glass with less glee.
Times, Sunday Times (2014)
Five members of the shadow cabinet suggested that he should be thrown out.
Times, Sunday Times (2016)
It will fuel speculation that the shadow business secretary is positioning himself as a leadership contender.
The Sun (2013)
Shadow cabinet members complain that their meetings lack structure.
Times, Sunday Times (2016)
The shadow government is not limited to justice.
Times, Sunday Times (2009)
The work has since been partially restored but it remains a shadow of its former self.
The Sun (2013)
Neither casts much of a shadow beyond the party.
Times, Sunday Times (2011)

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'shadow' in Other Languages

British English: shadow /ˈʃædəʊ/ NOUN
A shadow is a dark shape on a surface that is made when something stands between a light and the surface.
An oak tree cast its shadow over a tiny round pool.
  • American English: shadow
  • Arabic: ظِلّ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: sombra
  • Chinese: 影子
  • Croatian: sjena
  • Czech: stín tvar
  • Danish: skygge
  • Dutch: schaduw
  • European Spanish: sombra proyección
  • Finnish: varjo
  • French: ombre
  • German: Schatten
  • Greek: ίσκιος
  • Italian: ombra
  • Japanese:
  • Korean: 그림자
  • Norwegian: skygge
  • Polish: cień
  • European Portuguese: sombra
  • Romanian: umbră
  • Russian: тень
  • Spanish: sombra
  • Swedish: skugga
  • Thai: เงา
  • Turkish: gölge birinin ya da bir şeyin
  • Ukrainian: тінь
  • Vietnamese: cái bóng
British English: shadow VERB
If something shadows a thing or place, it covers it with a shadow.
The hood shadowed her face.


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