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harbor

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noun har·bor \ˈhär-bər\

Definition of harbor

  1. 1 :  a place of security and comfort :  refuge the … Loyalists found harbor in the same areas — W. G. Hardy

  2. 2 :  a part of a body of water protected and deep enough to furnish anchorage a yacht harbor; especially :  one with port facilities

harborful

play \ˈhär-bər-ˌfu̇l\ noun

harborless

play \ˈhär-bər-ləs\ adjective

Examples of harbor in a sentence

  1. the tanker stayed in Boston harbor three days to undergo repairs

  2. seeking a harbor from the drenching rain, we unfortunately chose a bank where a robbery was taking place

Origin and Etymology of harbor

Middle English herberge, herberwe, from Old English herebeorg military quarters, from here army (akin to Old High German heri) + beorg refuge; akin to Old English burg fortified town — more at harry, borough


First Known Use: 12th century

Other Nautical Terms


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harbor

verb har·bor

Definition of harbor

harbored

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harboring

play \ˈhär-b(ə-)riŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to give shelter or refuge to harboring a fugitiveb :  to be the home or habitat of The ledges still harbor rattlesnakes.; broadly :  contain 2 a town that harbors several textile factories

  3. 2 :  to hold especially persistently in the mind :  cherish harbored a grudge

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to take shelter in or as if in a harbor ships harboring in the bay

  6. 2 :  live parasites that harbor in the blood

harborer

play \ˈhär-bər-ər\ noun

Examples of harbor in a sentence

  1. It is illegal to harbor an escaped convict.

  2. He still harbors deep feelings of resentment toward his former employer.

  3. I don't harbor any illusions about our chances for success.

  4. She studies the genetic material harbored in a cell's nucleus.

  5. Some of these animals may harbor disease that could affect humans.

Origin and Etymology of harbor

see 1harbor


First Known Use: 12th century


HARBOR Defined for English Language Learners

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harbor

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noun har·bor \ˈhär-bər\

Definition of harbor for English Language Learners

  • : a part of the ocean, a lake, etc., that is next to land and that is protected and deep enough to provide safety for ships

  • : a place of safety and comfort


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harbor

verb har·bor

Definition of harbor for English Language Learners

  • : to give shelter to (someone) : to hide and protect (someone)

  • : to have (something, such as a thought or feeling) in your mind for a long time

  • : to hold or contain (something)


HARBOR Defined for Kids

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harbor

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noun har·bor \ˈhär-bər\

Definition of harbor for Students

  1. 1 :  a part of a body of water (as a sea or lake) so protected as to be a place of safety for ships :  port

  2. 2 :  a place of safety and comfort :  refuge


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harbor

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verb har·bor

Definition of harbor for Students

harbored

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harboring

  1. 1 :  to give shelter to They harbored the escaped prisoner.

  2. 2 :  to have or hold in the mind For years she harbored the desire to travel.


Medical Dictionary

harbor

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transitive verb har·bor \ˈhär-bər\

Medical Definition of harbor

  1. :  to contain or be the home, habitat, or host of those who harbor the gene for the illness—William Booth green monkey (Cercopithecus aethiops) may have harbored the ancestor of the AIDS virus—R. C. Gallo


Law Dictionary

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harbor

noun har·bor

Legal Definition of harbor

  1. :  a place of security and comfort — see also safe harbor


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harbor

transitive verb har·bor

Legal Definition of harbor

  1. 1 :  to receive secretly and conceal (a fugitive from justice)

  2. 2 :  to have (an animal) in one's keeping may not harbor a dog without a permit

harborer

noun


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