shelter

noun
shel·​ter | \ ˈshel-tər How to pronounce shelter (audio) \

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 How to pronounce sheltering (audio) \

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 How to pronounce shelterless (audio) \ adjective

Verb

shelterer \ ˈshel-​tər-​ər How to pronounce shelterer (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for shelter

Synonyms: Noun

asylum, bolt-hole [chiefly British], harbor, harborage, haven, refuge, retreat, sanctuary, sanctum

Synonyms: Verb

harbor, refuge

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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

According to ABC News, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Gypsy Rose and her mother were housed in local shelter in Covington, Louisiana. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "How True Is 'The Act'? The Hulu Series' Backstory Is Chilling," 20 Mar. 2019 Kate, who was joined by husband Prince William, helped make cards and prep gifts for the shelter ahead of the holidays, according to People. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Reveals Princess Charlotte Has a Crafty Side," 13 Dec. 2018 Lady Gaga, who had to evacuate her own Malibu home, stopped by a shelter set up at Pacific Palisades High School to offer her love and support. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Lady Gaga Paid an Emotional Surprise Visit to California Wildfire Evacuees," 12 Nov. 2018 In the invitation, ask each guest to bring along an item to donate to a local animal shelter or rescue. Shelby Deering, Country Living, "5 Party Ideas That Give Back to Your Community," 1 Nov. 2018 Deifik is defining that area liberally, saying all reasonable requests for shelter will be accepted as long as rooms remain. Fox News, "Atlantic City casino to shelter hurricane evacuees for free," 12 Sep. 2018 Under the pretext of taking her to bathe, the complaint states, the child was lured away from her mother and transferred to a shelter in Connecticut. Kathleen Mcwilliams, courant.com, "Two Children Being Held In Connecticut After Separation From Parents At Border File Suit Against Government," 6 July 2018 In 2016, the city was awarded a $68,000 federal grant to build a multi-use shelter in Riverside Park on Victor Stier Drive. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "Another project quietly approved in Clermont County during FC Cincinnati meeting," 2 July 2018 Some owners of the notorious jacket that First Lady Melania Trump wore last week, while traveling to pay a surprise visit to immigrant children being held in a Texas shelter, are making a nice profit off the controversy. Leah Rodriguez, The Cut, "The Melania Jacket Is Selling for $850 on EBay," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Nonprofit contractors that shelter unaccompanied children have been accused of neglect and mistreatment. Dara Lind, Vox, "Trump administration to release hundreds of immigrant families from detention," 27 Dec. 2018 Protection is when the down-fire side of an object or landscape is sheltered from charring by the side that takes the brunt of advancing flames. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Charred and Burned: The School That Turns Firefighters Into Fire Detectives," 4 Oct. 2018 Fort Ritchie was an above-ground command center for Site R, also known as Raven Rock, which was an underground facility designed to shelter the federal government in the event of nuclear war. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russian State TV Lists U.S. Targets for Putin’s New Nukes--But One Target Doesn't Make Sense," 26 Feb. 2019 Residents in the area were advised to shelter in place and the local SWAT team searched the apartment complex. CBS News, "Police search for man seen with assault-style rifle, wearing bullet proof vest," 3 Feb. 2018 Narongsak previously said experts told him flooding from new rain could shrink the unflooded space where the boys are sheltering to just 108 square feet. Fox News, "Thailand cave rescue operation suspended as 4 more boys freed, bringing total to 8," 2 Oct. 2018 Managua’s auxiliary Roman Catholic bishop Silvio Jose Baez said via Twitter that bullets in Monimbo reached the Maria Magdalena parish where a priest was sheltering inside. Christopher Sherman, The Seattle Times, "Nicaraguan forces violently retake symbolic city," 17 July 2018 The announcement came less than a week after San Diego County decided to provide a building to shelter asylum seekers after they are released from detention. Julie Watson, The Seattle Times, "San Diego mayor unveils plan to integrate immigrants," 4 Feb. 2019 On Sunday morning, Mangkhut was barreling toward densely populated southern China and Hong Kong, where authorities raised the highest storm warnings and moved nearly a half-million people to shelter from seven cities. Fox News, "Typhoon Mangkhut death toll climbs in Philippines," 15 Sep. 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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20 Apr 2019

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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 How to pronounce shelter (audio) \

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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