shelter

noun
shel·ter | \ ˈshel-tər \

Definition of shelter 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : something that covers or affords protection a bomb shelter

b : an establishment providing food and shelter (as to the homeless)

c : an establishment that houses and feeds stray or unwanted animals

2 : a position or the state of being covered and protected took shelter

shelter

verb
sheltered; sheltering\ˈshel-t(ə-)riŋ \

Definition of shelter (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to constitute or provide a shelter for : protect has led a sheltered life

2 : to place under shelter or protection sheltered himself in a mountain cave

3 : to protect (income) from taxation

intransitive verb

: to take shelter

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Other words from shelter

Noun

shelterless \ˈshel-tər-ləs \ adjective

Verb

shelterer \ˈshel-tər-ər \ noun

Examples of shelter in a Sentence

Noun

We made a shelter from branches. a shelter for battered women The organization provides food and shelter for homeless people. The crowd ran for shelter when the rain started. They sought shelter from the storm.

Verb

A cave sheltered the climbers during the storm. They sheltered in a cave while they waited for the storm to pass.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Six-year-old Heyli phones her mother weekly from the Arizona shelter where she is being held. Jay Root And Shannon Najmabadi, star-telegram, "'A very cruel punishment': Family split by 'zero tolerance' won't try to cross again," 10 July 2018 His black Lab Simon came from a Huntington Beach shelter. Hillary Davis, latimes.com, "Coming to the rescue: Newport resident’s dog food company starts nonprofit to get homeless dogs veterinary care," 7 July 2018 Police were also investigating three other complaints against Indwar for allegedly selling children from the shelter. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Indian couple, including one nun, accused of selling baby at Mother Teresa’s charity for unwed mothers," 6 July 2018 The resident of Canmore, Alberta, volunteers to take dogs from local animal shelters into the mountains to play. Jayme Moye, Outside Online, "How to Take Any Dog on an Adventure," 27 June 2018 Morales recalled last weekend from a migrant shelter in Saltillo, 190 miles southwest of Loredo, Texas, on the U.S. border. David Agren, USA TODAY, "'They killed my mother, killed my father:' Central Americans risk lives to reach US border," 27 June 2018 The contest is also meant to encourage people to adopt dogs from shelters, and recognize that every dog needs love regardless of its looks. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "English Bulldog Wins 2018 World's Ugliest Dog Competition," 24 June 2018 Under new regulations, relatives who wish to sponsor migrant children and pick them up from government shelters must be fingerprinted, and that information is shared with the Department of Homeland Security. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, "Swift Frontier Justice for Migrants Brought to Federal Courts," 19 June 2018 Lola’s gets the dogs from shelters in and near Harris County, Galveston County and sometimes from the Dallas area. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Lola’s Lucky Day finds Houston dogs homes in Wisconsin," 18 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Many northern European countries put asylum-seekers in reception centres, where they are fed, sheltered and are free to come and go. The Economist, "America’s immigration system is broken," 28 June 2018 Business Insider $heltering Migrants The New York Times has an in-depth look at the money that goes into sheltering migrant children. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Business Roundtable Reskilling, Krzanich Exit, Online Sales Tax: CEO Daily for June 22, 2018," 22 June 2018 Harford County officials requested some Abingdon residents to shelter in place Friday while a hazmat team worked to clean up a liquid spill inside of a house. Nicholas Bogel-burroughs, The Aegis, "Liquid spill in Harford County home brings hazmat crew, shelter in place warning," 22 June 2018 The home, in the 600 block of Harrison Street in Gary, will soon shelter a single father and his five children, ages 9 to 16. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Tabor House holds promise of new start for families in Gary," 5 May 2018 There is, apparently, a much darker side to the Bad Place—presumably the area where people are actually getting brutally tortured—but Michael shelters the group from it, warning them against looking at things that will haunt them for eternity. Scott Meslow, GQ, "The Good Place," 19 Jan. 2018 The Bureau of Land Management spends roughly $50 million a year to shelter and feed those in captivity. Maria Carter, Country Living, "Animal Activists Fight Against Government Spending Cut to Budget for Wild Horse Care," 25 July 2017 The office shelters those children until a relative or family friend living in the United States comes forward to sponsor them. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: ACLU asks court to force government to pay cost of reuniting migrant families," 13 July 2018 Businesses adjacent to the area are sheltering in place, and a nearby church has evacuated, the sheriff’s office said in a tweet. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Bomb squad responding to suspicious package in Pasadena," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of shelter

Noun

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1590, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for shelter

Noun

origin unknown

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Phrases Related to shelter

find/take shelter

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7 Sep 2018

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shelter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shelter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a structure that covers or protects people or things

: a place that provides food and protection for people or animals that need assistance

: a place to live

shelter

verb

English Language Learners Definition of shelter (Entry 2 of 2)

: to protect (someone) from danger, bad weather, etc. : to provide shelter for (someone)

: to be in a place that provides protection from danger, bad weather, etc. : to take shelter

shelter

noun
shel·ter | \ ˈshel-tər \

Kids Definition of shelter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something that covers or protects We made a shelter from branches.

2 : a place that provides food and housing to those in need a homeless shelter an animal shelter

3 : the condition of being protected I found shelter from the storm.

shelter

verb
sheltered; sheltering

Kids Definition of shelter (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to provide with a place that covers or protects : be a shelter for A cave sheltered the climbers.

2 : to find and use a shelter for protection … within minutes, half the class was sheltering under desks … —J. K. Rowling, Chamber of Secrets

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