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refuge

noun ref·uge \ ˈre-(ˌ)fyüj also -(ˌ)fyüzh \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of refuge

1 : shelter or protection from danger or distress
2 : a place that provides shelter or protection
3 : something to which one has recourse in difficulty

Examples of refuge in a Sentence

  1. hunting is strictly forbidden in the wildlife refuge

Recent Examples of refuge from the Web

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Finding refuge

The re- in refuge means basically "back" or "backward" rather than "again;" thus, a refugee is someone who is "fleeing backward". Refuge tends to appear with certain other words: you generally "seek refuge", "take refuge", or "find refuge". Religion may be a refuge from the woes of your life; a beautiful park may be a refuge from the noise of the city; and your bedroom may be a refuge from the madness of your family.

Origin and Etymology of refuge

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin refugium, from refugere to escape, from re- + fugere to flee — more at fugitive

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refuge

verb

Definition of refuge

refuged; refuging
transitive verb
: to give refuge to
intransitive verb
: to seek or take refuge

Examples of refuge in a Sentence

  1. a nation with a long, honorable history of refuging political asylum seekers

Recent Examples of refuge from the Web

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First Known Use of refuge

1594

refuge Synonyms



REFUGE Defined for English Language Learners

refuge

noun

Definition of refuge for English Language Learners

  • : shelter or protection from danger or trouble

  • : a place that provides shelter or protection


REFUGE Defined for Kids

refuge

noun ref·uge \ ˈre-fyüj \

Definition of refuge for Students

1 : shelter or protection from danger or distress
  • We took refuge in a nearby barn.
2 : a place that provides shelter or protection
  • a wildlife refuge


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