\ ˈshən How to pronounce shun (audio) \
shunned; shunning

Definition of shun

transitive verb

: to avoid deliberately and especially habitually shuns publicity

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escape, avoid, evade, elude, shun, eschew mean to get away or keep away from something. escape stresses the fact of getting away or being passed by not necessarily through effort or by conscious intent. nothing escapes her sharp eyes avoid stresses forethought and caution in keeping clear of danger or difficulty. try to avoid past errors evade implies adroitness, ingenuity, or lack of scruple in escaping or avoiding. evaded the question by changing the subject elude implies a slippery or baffling quality in the person or thing that escapes. what she sees in him eludes me shun often implies an avoiding as a matter of habitual practice or policy and may imply repugnance or abhorrence. you have shunned your responsibilities eschew implies an avoiding or abstaining from as unwise or distasteful. a playwright who eschews melodrama

Examples of shun in a Sentence

He shuns parties and social events. After his divorce he found himself being shunned by many of his former friends.
Recent Examples on the Web For younger start-up technology firms, early stage funding remains the most difficult to come by, as venture capital firms shun making new investments to focus on keeping companies that are already in their portfolios well capitalized. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego startups rake in $933M in venture capital despite pandemic," 16 Oct. 2020 Large European oil companies are embracing the change that Mr. Biden called for as concerns over climate change grow and investors begin to shun fossil-fuel businesses. Clifford Krauss, New York Times, "Oil Industry Expresses Concern, Not Alarm, About Biden Comments," 23 Oct. 2020 The big risk is employers shun his new wage subsidy scheme rather than paying up for employees on reduced hours. David Goodman,, "Covid Hastens an Overdue Reckoning for U.K. Economy," 5 Oct. 2020 The product targets millennials who shun pharmaceutical sleeping aids and are seeking more natural solutions, Ratlamwala said. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "DJ Screw relaxation ‘drank’ is one of the local brands vying for shelf space at Walmart," 30 Sep. 2020 To surrender control of Bugatti could potentially bring leadership in the race to produce the high-performance EVs that will ultimately persuade supercar buyers to shun combustion. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Bugatti May Be Sold to EV Maker Rimac of Croatia," 17 Sep. 2020 And at a time of escalating tensions between Washington and Beijing, Microsoft's business in China could prove to be a liability, as the world's two largest economies shun cooperation and inch closer to a technological decoupling. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "Microsoft has a long history in China. That could cut both ways for TikTok," 6 Aug. 2020 So far, Beijing has focused on cutting one-on-one deals for vaccine doses with friendly governments as the U.S. urges nations to shun Chinese companies for 5G networks, computer chips and big infrastructure projects., "China to Make Decision on WHO Vaccine Program Snubbed by Trump," 17 Sep. 2020 So has interest in air-conditioning, an amenity that generations of people in the Pacific Northwest proudly shunned. Mark Dent, Alaska Dispatch News, "As the Pacific Northwest boils, an aversion to air conditioners wilts," 3 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of shun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shun

Middle English shonen, shunnen, from Old English scunian

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The first known use of shun was before the 12th century

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20 Nov 2020

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“Shun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of shun

: to avoid (someone or something)


\ ˈshən How to pronounce shun (audio) \
shunned; shunning

Kids Definition of shun

: to avoid purposely or by habit He shunned noisy places.

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