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shelter

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noun shel·ter \ˈshel-tər\

Simple Definition of shelter

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of shelter

  1. 1a :  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. 2 :  a position or the state of being covered and protected <took shelter>

shelterless

play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of shelter in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of shelter

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1585


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shelter

verb shel·ter

Simple Definition of shelter

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of shelter

sheltered

sheltering

play \-t(ə-)riŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to constitute or provide a shelter for :  protect <has led a sheltered life>

  3. 2 :  to place under shelter or protection <sheltered himself in a mountain cave>

  4. 3 :  to protect (income) from taxation

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to take shelter

shelterer

play \-tər-ər\ noun

Examples of shelter in a sentence

  1. A cave sheltered the climbers during the storm.

  2. They sheltered in a cave while they waited for the storm to pass.



1590

First Known Use of shelter

1590

Rhymes with shelter



SHELTER Defined for Kids

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shelter

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noun shel·ter \ˈshel-tər\

Definition of shelter for Students

  1. 1 :  something that covers or protects <We made a shelter from branches.>

  2. 2 :  a place that provides food and housing to those in need <a homeless shelter> <an animal shelter>

  3. 3 :  the condition of being protected <I found shelter from the storm.>




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shelter

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verb shel·ter

Definition of shelter for Students

sheltered

sheltering

  1. 1 :  to provide with a place that covers or protects :  be a shelter for <A cave sheltered the climbers.>

  2. 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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