Synonyms & Antonyms of shed

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to cast (a natural bodily covering or appendage) aside
  • a snake's skin doesn't grow as the snake does, so every so often the snake will shed its old skin

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2 to get rid of as useless or unwanted
  • you need to shed your old notions of propriety and have some fun for a change

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Synonyms of shed (Entry 2 of 2)

as in lean-to

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How is the word shed different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of shed are cast, discard, junk, scrap, and slough. While all these words mean "to get rid of," shed and slough imply a throwing off of something both useless and encumbering and often suggest a consequent renewal of vitality or luster.

shed a bad habit

finally sloughed off the depression

When would cast be a good substitute for shed?

Although the words cast and shed have much in common, cast, especially when used with off, away, or out, implies a forceful rejection or repudiation.

cast off her friends

When is it sensible to use discard instead of shed?

While the synonyms discard and shed are close in meaning, discard implies the letting go or throwing away of something that has become useless or superfluous though often not intrinsically valueless.

discard old clothes

How do scrap and junk relate to one another, in the sense of shed?

Both scrap and junk imply throwing away or breaking up as worthless in existent form.

scrap all the old ways

would junk our educational system

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

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“Shed.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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