ha·ven | \ˈhā-vən \

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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After the murder, lawmakers want to be sure small businesses are a safe haven for minors who may be under attack or seeking help. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Justice For Junior: NY proposes legislation to require small businesses to be safe havens for minors," 13 July 2018 For centuries, the United States has been a safe haven for families seeking refuge from violence and persecution. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, Marie Claire, "Separating Families at the Border Is Just One Way Trump is Trying to Tear Apart Immigrant Families," 25 June 2018 My self-confident kid, Sula, came out as gay during high school in a liberal community and then fully as transmasculine-nonbinary while in the safe haven of a liberal arts college. Debra Malina, chicagotribune.com, "Getting over the angst in calling my transgender child 'they'," 10 July 2018 The latest example can be found in the Swiss tax haven of Zug, which—in common with some other places in Switzerland—is keen to establish itself as a blockchain capital. David Meyer, Fortune, "Blockchain Voting Notches Another Success—This Time in Switzerland," 3 July 2018 Unapologetically raunchy, subversive, and always offbeat, Dirty Talk is an underground haven of free speech, democratic ideals, and collective healing. Jeff Roy, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Guide to Mumbai's Diverse LGBTQ+ Arts Scene," 13 June 2018 Faced for the first time with real competition, the state’s big three utilities have suddenly become havens of innovation. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Consumer choice has suddenly revolutionized the electricity business in California. But utilities are striking back," 8 June 2018 Best: Juniper Tar This dark, upscale haven of marble and crystal continues to produce some of the city’s most elegant and fascinating spirits-forward cocktails. Emily Spicer, San Antonio Express-News, "The 10 best bars in San Antonio," 4 June 2018 Many of my colleagues hated mopping, which required going into the haven of filth that was the public bathroom. Tyler Bonin, WSJ, "My Advice to Grads: Start Mopping," 28 May 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 \

Kids Definition of haven

: a safe place

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