Synonyms of shadow in English:

shadow


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noun

1‘a dim night light cast her shadow against the closed double doors’

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silhouette, outline, shape, contour, profile
penumbra, umbra

2‘the north side of the cathedral was deep in shadow’

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shade, shadowiness, darkness, gathering darkness, dimness, semi-darkness, twilight
gloom, gloominess, murkiness, murk, obscurity
literary gloaming
rare tenebrosity, umbrage

3‘for years, unemployment has cast a dark shadow over the area’

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cloud, black cloud, pall
gloom, gloominess, blight
threat

4‘she knew without any shadow of doubt that he was lying’

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slightest bit, trace, scrap, shred, crumb, particle, ounce, atom, iota, scintilla, jot, whit, grain, tittle, jot or tittle
Irish stim
informal smidgen, smidge, tad
archaic scantling, scruple

5‘a shadow of a smile creased her mouth’

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trace, hint, suggestion, suspicion, ghost, glimmer, flicker

6‘he's a shadow of his former self’

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inferior version, poor imitation, apology, travesty
ghost, spectre, phantom
remnant

7‘he had become her shadow, staying constantly by her side’

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constant companion, inseparable companion, alter ego, second self, Siamese twin
close friend, bosom friend, intimate
informal bosom pal
rare fidus Achates

8‘no matter where Johnson went, his shadow stayed with him’

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follower
informal tail

verb

1‘the market is shadowed by St Margaret's church’

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overshadow, cast a shadow over, envelop in shadow, shade, block off the light to
darken, dim

2‘he had been up all night shadowing a team of poachers’

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follow, trail, track, dog someone's footsteps, keep watch on
stalk, pursue, hunt
informal tail, keep tabs on, keep a tab on