\ ˈshred How to pronounce shred (audio) , especially Southern ˈsred \

Definition of shred

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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


shredded; shredding

Definition of shred (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to come apart in or break up into shreds

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Other Words from shred


shredder noun

Examples of shred in a Sentence

Noun The wallpaper is in shreds. His reputation was in shreds after the arrest. He struggled to retain a shred of his dignity. Verb Shred the cabbage and add it to the salad. shredded some cooked chicken for the soup
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All this considered, consumer is now only a tiny shred of what Marvell does. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 Wiggins’ expressed fears were unsbustantiated by a shred of medical or scientific evidence. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Oct. 2021 Confusion, disbelief and surprise are all revealed in Liv Ullman’s face, without a shred of pushing for any effect at all. Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2021 There may be an occasional shred of doubt, but that doesn’t count. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Aug. 2021 Wu is superb as the calculating veteran who trades in misery without a shred of remorse and seems to have recognized something of her younger and less hardened self in Tse. Richard Kuipers, Variety, 22 Sep. 2021 Never mind that Trump was destined to fail in ways foreseeable to anyone with a shred of insight into human nature, and to a degree that would leave Thiel declining to back his reelection bid. Los Angeles Times, 17 Sep. 2021 There’s a gruesome legend surrounding the schoolhouse, and – like the juiciest of legends – is unsupported by a single shred of evidence, but try telling that to the bloodthirsty janitor and murdered schoolchildren haunting its hallways. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 15 Sep. 2021 But few up to now have seen the more perplexing images of surprised army officers in Hradec Kralove trying to work out how to minimize bloodshed while retaining a shred of their dignity. Will Tizard, Variety, 24 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Vendors shred cabbage in the Croix des Bosalles market in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Sept. 13, 2021. NBC News, 28 Sep. 2021 When ready to use, shred using a box shredder, shredding attachment on a food processor or even a blender. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 28 June 2021 In a behind-the-scenes video, Banksy revealed that the stunt was intended to shred the entire painting, not leave it half-intact., and because it was left partially preserved, the painting now has new value. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 7 Sep. 2021 Our experts carefully measure food processors' performance by using them to slice and shred vegetables, dice onions, mince parsley, grate cheese and knead dough. Cassidy Olsen, Good Housekeeping, 8 Sep. 2021 Here’s your chance to securely shred all those confidential documents that should not go in the trash. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 20 Aug. 2021 Instead of being quick to discard the stalks and leaves, get creative; shred the stalks for broccoli slaw or riced veggies and use the leaves in omelettes or stir fry. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Cdn, Nasm-cpt, Good Housekeeping, 10 Aug. 2021 Remove and discard the skin and bones; shred the chicken with your fingers., 18 May 2021 Then shred the rough surfaces, striking horizontally with a broad ax. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 24 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of shred


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

History and Etymology for shred


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

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“Shred.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of shred

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long, thin piece cut or torn off of something
: a completely ruined condition
: a very small amount of something



English Language Learners Definition of shred (Entry 2 of 2)

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


\ ˈshred How to pronounce shred (audio) \

Kids Definition of shred

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.


shredded; shredding

Kids Definition of shred (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cut or tear into small pieces

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