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 Ojai has long been known as a haven for creatives – from woodworkers, to painters, to ceramicists, sculptors and more. Roger Sands, Forbes, 7 July 2021 But activists and experts argue that the silencing of the paper represents a severe blow to press freedom in a territory once vaunted as a haven from the mainland’s restrictions. NBC News, 24 June 2021 The Maldives, a beautiful island-country located in the Indian Ocean, is often thought of as a haven for honeymooners. Judy Koutsky, Forbes, 23 June 2021 Wilton Manors is known as a haven for the LGBTQ community. Washington Post, 20 June 2021 Take action by removing anything stored near your home’s exterior, which silverfish can crawl on to enter, as well as removing any damp debris such as wood or dead plants that could be acting as a haven for these insects. Samantha Lawyer, Country Living, 8 June 2021 The newspaper had inquired about her account on the social media website Parler, which was popular as a haven for the far right. Lake joins a Republican nominating contest that already is getting crowded. Andrew Oxford, The Arizona Republic, 2 June 2021 Chris Stewart, an attorney who represents Brooks’ family, said the decision reflected badly on the city of Atlanta as a haven of civil rights. Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2021 The Seaway gained notoriety as a haven for crime, and in 1990 a Duluth police officer was shot and killed there. Brooks Johnson, Star Tribune, 5 May 2021

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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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The first known use of haven was before the 12th century

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21 Jul 2021

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“Haven.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haven. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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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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