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refuge

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noun ref·uge \ˈre-(ˌ)fyüj also -(ˌ)fyüzh\

Definition of refuge

  1. 1 :  shelter or protection from danger or distress

  2. 2 :  a place that provides shelter or protection

  3. 3 :  something to which one has recourse in difficulty

Examples of refuge in a sentence

  1. <hunting is strictly forbidden in the wildlife refuge>

Did You Know?

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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refuge

verb ref·uge

Definition of refuge

refuged

refuging

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to give refuge to

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to seek or take refuge

Examples of refuge in a sentence

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

1594

First Known Use of refuge

1594



REFUGE Defined for English Language Learners

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refuge

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noun ref·uge \ˈre-(ˌ)fyüj also -(ˌ)fyüzh\

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

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noun ref·uge \ˈre-fyüj\

Definition of refuge for Students

  1. 1 :  shelter or protection from danger or distress <We took refuge in a nearby barn.>

  2. 2 :  a place that provides shelter or protection <a wildlife refuge>



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