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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Clark was one of Bowers’ followers on Gab, a social media platform that became a haven for far-right extremists who have been banned by Twitter for racist and harassing messages. Michael Kunzelman, The Seattle Times, "Man tied to synagogue shooting suspect arrested," 14 Nov. 2018 At the back of Blue Smoke, an upscale New York City barbecue restaurant, a quiet table on the edge of the dining room becomes a safe haven. Law Roach, Glamour, "The Tao of Tiffany Haddish: ‘If They're Not Talking About You, Then You're Not Doing Your Job’," 31 July 2018 Volatility across financial markets can lift demand for assets like Treasurys, the Japanese yen and gold, which are typically considered havens. Akane Otani, WSJ, "Treasurys Rise as Stocks Lose Steam," 14 Nov. 2018 The area was a settlement for Native Americans and, during the Civil War, a haven for abolitionists and black people who escaped enslavement. Sean Knight, Glamour, "Janelle Monáe Knows She Has Your Attention. Get Ready for What's Next.," 5 Nov. 2018 Considering how many poor Americans are forced to live near environmental hazards, focusing on the pollution in former industrial areas that have become hip havens for development and new, wealthy residents, may seem unfair. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Booming postindustrial neighborhoods often overlook polluted past," 9 Oct. 2018 Extra-credit reading: The wizarding, mermaiding, cosplaying haven of Epic Nerd Camp. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: How to build a huge consumer brand without venture capital," 29 Aug. 2018 Phil and Suzanne Ouellette were two of the only business leaders willing to take a chance on the neighborhood during the 1990s when it was known by outsiders as nothing more than a drug haven. Shawn R. Beals, Courant Community, "After 24 Years, The Owners Of Eli Cannon's Are Selling The Bar To Longtime Employees," 13 July 2018 Somalia later collapsed into anarchy and became a haven for jihadists and pirates. The Economist, "Jihadists are trying to take over the Sahel," 12 July 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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