variants or less commonly shelter in place
: instructing or requiring people to remain in their current location until a danger has passed
The governor has issued a shelter-in-place order.
: of or relating to sheltering in place
shelter-in-place drills
see also shelter in place at shelter entry 2

Examples of shelter-in-place in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The shelter-in-place order was lifted around 10:15 p.m. Noah Goldberg, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 Authorities issued a shelter-in-place order around the storage lot and called on the military for help at 5:49 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said in an alert. Don Sweeney, Sacramento Bee, 25 Jan. 2024 The shelter-in-place warning was lifted around 8:30 p.m. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, 9 Jan. 2024 Shortly before noon, authorities issued a shelter-in-place order for the area west of Fremont Boulevard, north of South Grimmer Boulevard, east of South Grimmer Boulevard and south of Auto Mall Parkway. Jason Green, The Mercury News, 5 Jan. 2024 Several hours later, the city said the shelter-in-place order was lifted and that all air monitoring readings in the affected areas and city are normal. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 17 Dec. 2023 In Nashville, the rain was so intense that a shelter-in-place warning was issued an hour before Swift's opener, Gracie Abrams, took the stage. Rebecca Cohen, NBC News, 10 Nov. 2023 An initial 5-mile shelter-in-place order was reduced to a 1-mile radius after officials assessed the scene, the San Jacinto County of Emergency Management said. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 8 Nov. 2023 Authorities later expanded the shelter-in-place advisory to Bowdoin. Brian Dakss, Jordan Freiman, CBS News, 27 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shelter-in-place was in 1977

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“Shelter-in-place.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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