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noun ha·ven \ˈhā-vən\

Simple Definition of haven

  • : a place where you are protected from danger, trouble, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of haven

  1. 1 :  harbor, port

  2. 2 :  a place of safety :  refuge

  3. 3 :  a place offering favorable opportunities or conditions <a haven for artists>

haven

transitive verb

Examples of haven in a sentence

  1. The shelter offers a haven from abusive spouses.

  2. The inn is a haven for weary travelers.

  3. This national park provides a safe haven for wildlife.



Origin and Etymology of haven

Middle English, from Old English hæfen; akin to Middle High German habene harbor


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with haven



HAVEN Defined for Kids

haven

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noun ha·ven \ˈhā-vən\

Definition of haven for Students

  1. :  a safe place





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