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1shelter

noun shel·ter \ˈshel-tər\

: a structure that covers or protects people or things

: a place that provides food and protection for people or animals that need assistance

: a place to live

Full Definition of SHELTER

1
a :  something that covers or affords protection <a bomb shelter>
b :  an establishment providing food and shelter (as to the homeless)
c :  an establishment that houses and feeds stray animals
2
:  a position or the state of being covered and protected <took shelter>
shel·ter·less \-ləs\ adjective
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Examples of SHELTER

  1. We made a shelter from branches.
  2. a shelter for battered women
  3. The organization provides food and shelter for homeless people.
  4. The crowd ran for shelter when the rain started.
  5. They sought shelter from the storm.

Origin of SHELTER

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1585

2shelter

verb

: to protect (someone) from danger, bad weather, etc. : to provide shelter for (someone)

: to be in a place that provides protection from danger, bad weather, etc. : to take shelter

shel·teredshel·ter·ing \-t(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of SHELTER

transitive verb
1
:  to constitute or provide a shelter for :  protect <has led a sheltered life>
2
:  to place under shelter or protection <sheltered himself in a mountain cave>
3
:  to protect (income) from taxation
intransitive verb
:  to take shelter
shel·ter·er \-tər-ər\ noun

Examples of SHELTER

  1. A cave sheltered the climbers during the storm.
  2. They sheltered in a cave while they waited for the storm to pass.

First Known Use of SHELTER

1590

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SHELTERING Defined for Kids

1shelter

noun shel·ter \ˈshel-tər\

Definition of SHELTER for Kids

1
:  something that covers or protects <We made a shelter from branches.>
2
:  a place that provides food and housing to those in need <a homeless shelter> <an animal shelter>
3
:  the condition of being protected <I found shelter from the storm.>

2shelter

verb
shel·teredshel·ter·ing

Definition of SHELTER for Kids

1
:  to provide with a place that covers or protects :  be a shelter for <A cave sheltered the climbers.>
2
:  to find and use a shelter for protection <… within minutes, half the class was sheltering under desks … — J. K. Rowling, Chamber of Secrets>

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