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shred

noun \ ˈshred , especially Southern ˈsred \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of shred

1 a : a long narrow strip cut or torn off
b shreds plural : a shredded, damaged, or ruined condition
  • a reputation torn to shreds
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.

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Origin and Etymology of shred

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


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shred

verb

Definition of shred

shredded; shredding
transitive verb
1 archaic : to cut off
2 : to cut or tear into shreds
  • shredded the documents
3 : demolish 2
  • sharp lawyers shredding hapless witnesses
  • —Charles Krauthammer
intransitive verb
: 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

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First Known Use of shred

before 12th century

shred Synonyms



SHRED Defined for English Language Learners

shred

noun

Definition of shred for English Language Learners

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

  • shreds : a completely ruined condition

  • : a very small amount of something


shred

verb

Definition of shred for English Language Learners

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


SHRED Defined for Kids

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shred

noun \ ˈshred \

Definition of shred for Students

1 : a long narrow piece torn or cut off : strip
  • shreds of cloth
2 : a small amount : bit
  • There is not a shred of evidence.

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shred

verb

Definition of shred for Students

shredded; shredding
: to cut or tear into small pieces


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