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 Al-Qaeda used Afghanistan, under control of the Taliban, as a safe haven from which to plan the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "'It is time to end America's longest war': Biden addresses Afghanistan withdrawal today," 16 Apr. 2021 Yet, the Taliban have still not broken with al Qaeda, and the principal objective of preventing Afghanistan from serving as a terrorist safe haven would fail if the group was allowed to return. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Pentagon refuses to call Taliban attack on US troops a violation of peace deal," 7 Apr. 2021 Portland Audubon’s 172-acre Wildlife Sanctuary is on the edge of Forest Park, where visitors can walk more than four miles of trails through an area dedicated as a safe haven for plants and animals. oregonlive, "End the day with a dose of nature at these 15 spring evening hikes around Portland," 17 Mar. 2021 The secluded Texas beachside community of Boca Chica Village was once a haven for retirees, snowbirds and outdoorsy people who enjoyed dirt biking, fishing or lounging near the water. Dallas News, "Starbase, Texas: Can Elon Musk really create his own city near SpaceX’s Gulf Coast launchpad?," 6 Apr. 2021 In the 1980s and ’90s, Huntington Beach was a haven for skinheads. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, "‘It’s absolutely terrifying’: O.C. residents receive onslaught of KKK propaganda," 5 Apr. 2021 Fears that Canada was a haven for Nazis ebbed and flowed after the war. Washington Post, "Canada is struggling to deport its last known Nazi suspect," 30 Mar. 2021 The park is a haven for serious hikers and casual road trippers alike. Emily Pennington, Travel + Leisure, "The 5 Best California National Parks, According to a Writer Who's Visited Them All," 30 Mar. 2021 Arizona — and Scottsdale in particular — has long been a haven for retirees, and older consumers have been part of the cannabis rush. New York Times, "How Arizona Won the Weed Legalization Race," 29 Mar. 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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28 Apr 2021

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“Haven.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haven. Accessed 8 May. 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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