haven

noun ha·ven \ ˈhā-vən \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of haven

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

haven

transitive verb

Examples of haven in a Sentence

  1. The shelter offers a haven from abusive spouses.

  2. The inn is a haven for weary travelers.

  3. This national park provides a safe haven for wildlife.

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Origin and Etymology of haven

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

haven Synonyms

Synonyms
anchorage, harborage, harbor, port
Related Words
basin, dock, marina, moorage, mooring; arm, bay, bight, cove, creek [chiefly British], embayment, estuary, firth, fjord (also fiord), gulf, inlet, lagoon, loch [Scottish], lough [chiefly Irish], narrow, roads, roadstead; canal, channel, sound, strait; containerport, home port, seaport


HAVEN Defined for English Language Learners

haven

noun

Definition of haven for English Language Learners

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


HAVEN Defined for Kids

haven

noun ha·ven \ ˈhā-vən \

Definition of haven for Students

:a safe place


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