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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Even at craft beer havens, like The Wilky, Narragansett is often the token cheap can option among a menu otherwise devoted to heady microbrews. Kate Mooney, Vox, "Why so many beers have retro-looking cans," 21 June 2019 The tangled metal offers haven to fish and lobsters. John Christopher Fine, sun-sentinel.com, "Boynton Beach’s maritime past lives on with Lofthus shipwreck," 21 June 2019 Cole, whose current home park is a homer haven, has pitched in Oracle Park before (2-0, 2.17 ERA, no homers allowed in 13 innings). Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Gerrit Cole: 5 reasons plum of the free agent class might pick the Giants," 29 Aug. 2019 For a few hours, Powell's felt like a peaceful haven, insulated from the outside world. Taylor Blatchford, Dallas News, "Discovering the merits of solo travel through a one-woman exploration of Portland," 27 Aug. 2019 For a few hours, Powell’s felt like a peaceful haven, just a bit insulated from the outside world. Taylor Blatchford, chicagotribune.com, "Discovering the merits of solo travel through a one-woman exploration of Portland," 20 Aug. 2019 The price of gold, another haven, is at a six-year high. The Economist, "Six charts that explain the state of markets," 17 Aug. 2019 The cottage will also house the children’s teaching parents and is designed to instill security, warmth and a nurturing environment for as long as the children need a safe haven, many times through high school. Houston Chronicle, "Empire Communities, HomeAid begin Boys and Girls Country cottage construction," 10 Aug. 2019 Humankind’s first journeys beyond the haven of Earth, into the void and the desolate places beyond, is a story filled with multifold perspectives and endless contemplations. Jay Bennett, Smithsonian, "Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins on the Past and Future of Space Exploration," 20 July 2019

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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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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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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