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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

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

harborful

play \-ˌfu̇l\ noun

harborless

play \-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

harboring

play \-b(ə-)riŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to give shelter or refuge to b :  to be the home or habitat of <the ledges still harbor rattlesnakes>; broadly :  contain 2

  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

  6. 2 :  live

harborer

play \-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.

12th Century

First Known Use of harbor

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

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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