ha·​ven | \ ˈhā-vən How to pronounce haven (audio) \

Definition of haven

1 : harbor, port
2 : a place of safety : refuge
3 : a place offering favorable opportunities or conditions a haven for artists

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Other Words from haven

haven transitive verb

Examples of haven in a Sentence

The shelter offers a haven from abusive spouses. The inn is a haven for weary travelers. This national park provides a safe haven for wildlife.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Some of this credit went not just to owner-occupants but to flippers, and some home buying is driven by credit in the form of capital from abroad seeking a safe haven. WSJ, "Explaining the U.S. Urban Housing Shortages," 16 Jan. 2019 That doesn't mean China offers a safe haven to Iran without conditions. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "Iran looks warily to China for help as US sanctions resume," 12 Sep. 2018 Loum fled the violence in South Sudan in 2001 and found a safe haven in Kenya as a teenager. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "An education in hope," 7 July 2018 Beyond giving beavers safe haven from predators, these structures can transform landscapes. National Geographic, "6 Amazing Structures Built by Surprising Creatures," 7 May 2018 Parks upgrades: The Jackson administration hopes to bolster parks and recreation centers so that residents view them as safe havens from urban crime and violence. Justin Madden, cleveland.com, "Accident closes portion of Interstate 271 in Warrensville Heights," 30 Apr. 2018 Law enforcement officials, most notably Comey of the FBI, grew alarmed that these heightened encryption schemes would create a safe haven for crooks and terrorists. Steven Levy, WIRED, "Cracking the Crypto War," 25 Apr. 2018 The site may be extreme, but the Sheldon Chalet offers a sweet haven in an icy landscape. Barbara Eldredge, Curbed, "Hexagonal chalet built on North America’s highest mountain," 12 Mar. 2018 Zeman said that by 1998, John Bender was looking for both a safe haven for his money and a purpose for his life. CBS News, "The death of John Bender: Accident, suicide or murder?," 10 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of haven

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for haven

Middle English, from Old English hæfen; akin to Middle High German habene harbor

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English Language Learners Definition of haven

: a place where you are protected from danger, trouble, etc.


ha·​ven | \ ˈhā-vən How to pronounce haven (audio) \

Kids Definition of haven

: a safe place

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