verb \ˈshelv\

: to put (something) on a shelf

: to stop doing or thinking about (something) for a period of time

: to make (someone) unable to play or perform


Full Definition of SHELVE

transitive verb
:  to furnish with shelves
:  to place on a shelf <shelve books>
a :  to remove from active service
b :  to put off or aside <shelve a project>
intransitive verb
:  to slope in a formation like a shelf
shelv·er noun

Examples of SHELVE

  1. The books were shelved according to category.
  2. <let's shelve the project for now>

Origin of SHELVE

First Known Use: 1598

Rhymes with SHELVE


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