refuge


1ref·uge

noun \ˈre-(ˌ)fyüj also -(ˌ)fyüzh\

: shelter or protection from danger or trouble

: a place that provides shelter or protection

Full Definition of REFUGE

1
:  shelter or protection from danger or distress
2
:  a place that provides shelter or protection
3
:  something to which one has recourse in difficulty

Examples of REFUGE

  1. <hunting is strictly forbidden in the wildlife refuge>

Origin of REFUGE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin refugium, from refugere to escape, from re- + fugere to flee — more at fugitive
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with REFUGE

2refuge

verb
ref·ugedref·ug·ing

Definition of REFUGE

transitive verb
:  to give refuge to
intransitive verb
:  to seek or take refuge

Examples of REFUGE

  1. <a nation with a long, honorable history of refuging political asylum seekers>

First Known Use of REFUGE

1594

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