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shred

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noun \ˈshred, especially Southern ˈsred\

Simple Definition of shred

  • : a long, thin piece cut or torn off of something

  • shreds : a completely ruined condition

  • : a very small amount of something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of shred

  1. 1a :  a long narrow strip cut or torn offb plural :  a shredded, damaged, or ruined condition <a reputation torn to shreds>

  2. 2 :  particle, scrap <not a shred of evidence>

Examples of shred in a sentence

  1. The wallpaper is in shreds.

  2. His reputation was in shreds after the arrest.

  3. He struggled to retain a shred of his dignity.



Origin and Etymology of shred

Middle English shrede, from Old English scrēade; akin to Old High German scrōt piece cut off


First Known Use: before 12th century


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shred

verb

Simple Definition of shred

  • : to cut or tear (something) into long, thin pieces

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of shred

shredded

shredding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to cut off

  3. 2 :  to cut or tear into shreds <shredded the documents>

  4. 3 :  demolish 2 <sharp lawyers shredding hapless witnesses — Charles Krauthammer>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to come apart in or break up into shreds

shredder

noun

Examples of shred in a sentence

  1. Shred the cabbage and add it to the salad.

  2. <shredded some cooked chicken for the soup>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of shred

before 12th century

Rhymes with shred

bed, bread, dead, dread, ed, fed, head, lead, med, ped, read, red, Red, redd, said, shed, sled, spread, stead, ted, thread, tread, wed, zed



SHRED Defined for Kids

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shred

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noun \ˈshred\

Definition of shred for Students

  1. 1 :  a long narrow piece torn or cut off :  strip <shreds of cloth>

  2. 2 :  a small amount :  bit <There is not a shred of evidence.>




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shred

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verb

Definition of shred for Students

shredded

shredding

  1. :  to cut or tear into small pieces





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