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

The mission of Launch Pad is to create a network of temporary safer sleeping shelters for homeless youth 18-24 years of age. Staff, USA TODAY, "USA TODAY NETWORK and the Gannett Foundation Announce 2019 National Grant Recipients for “A Community Thrives”," 11 June 2019 Arthur Davis, 62, has been staying in the bridge shelter for a year and was on the Monday cleanup crew. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Program hiring homeless for tash pickup expands," 11 June 2019 The Africans arrived unannounced in busloads, leaving city volunteers and the Interfaith Welcome Coalition scrambling for interpreters and shelter for the group. Silvia Foster-frau, ExpressNews.com, "African asylum seekers found temporary shelter in San Antonio," 10 June 2019 How much revenue did Caliburn International, DC Capital Partners, CHSi, or other related entities generate from operating shelters for unaccompanied migrant children in each of the last five years? Graham Kates, CBS News, "Elizabeth Warren, Pramila Jayapal "investigate" John Kelly's role with company that houses migrant kids," 6 June 2019 For years, the city used volunteers like Rockwell to trap feral cats and their new kittens, kept them together in a shelter for a few weeks, and then spayed and released the mother before putting the kittens up for adoption. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "When it comes to San Francisco's feral cat policy, the claws are out," 3 June 2019 Today, Centre Marembo, which hosts around 70 girls, is Rwanda’s only shelter for pregnant teen mothers victims of abuse and street girls. Caterina Clerici & Eléonore Hamelin, Marie Claire, "Rwanda's Future Is Female," 1 Feb. 2019 Home to birds, shade for children, and shelter for lovers. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "See Diane von Furstenberg’s Seriously Chic London Christmas Tree," 27 Nov. 2018 By working with Skydog Sanctuary, a nonprofit that provides shelter, care, and treatment for at risk wild horses. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "Why Landon Clements Isn't on "Southern Charm" Anymore," 15 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

They were sheltered temporarily by the city before departing to their final destinations. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio officials seek to dispel ‘patently false’ Ebola rumors," 11 June 2019 In a bare gymnasium in the Samora Machel secondary school in Beira, at least 12 children are orphans, said Juta Joao Sithole, who represents the nearly 350 people from the town of Buzi who shelter there. Cara Anna, The Seattle Times, "‘It will get worse’: Perilous times for kids hit by cyclone," 26 Mar. 2019 About three dozen people, the majority of them young couples, stood in the rain and sheltered memorial candles for the nondenominational memorial service. Plain Dealer Staff, cleveland.com, "Families mourn at service for lost eggs and embryos (photos)," 12 May 2018 Third, states in the West and those that already shelter large Rohingya populations should welcome Rohingya refugees to their own countries through a third-country resettlement process. Bill Richardson, Time, "Bill Richardson: How the West Can Help Fix the Rohingya Crisis," 15 Feb. 2018 The little museum, opened in 2013, is dedicated to the role of Chambon and nearby villages in sheltering refugees, Jewish children in particular. Lucian Perkins, Smithsonian, "This French Town Has Welcomed Refugees for 400 Years," 27 June 2018 Italy recently refused entry to a rescue ship carrying hundreds of migrants, and an increasing number of EU nations adamantly oppose any plan requiring them to share the responsibility of sheltering refugees and asylum-seekers. Helene Bienvenu And Marc Santora, BostonGlobe.com, "They Let 71 People Die in Stifling Truck. They Got 25 Years.," 15 June 2018 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

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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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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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