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

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Those patronizing the bake sale are invited to an open house at the shelter. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Sponsor a holiday wreath for an Independence veteran’s grave: Sun Postings," 12 Nov. 2019 As the shelter’s largest fundraiser of the year, all net proceeds support operational costs. Gina Grillo, chicagotribune.com, "Lake Forest women’s shelter supported by ‘family’ of volunteers; ‘They are looking for a place to rest and heal’," 12 Nov. 2019 The rescue will review the submission and invite potential adopters to the shelter to meet Marcelo. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "Adopt a Pet: Marcelo from Houndhaven," 11 Nov. 2019 To help bring attention to the canine couple and make their relationship even more official, the shelter put on a wedding for Mister and Misses. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Bonded Shelter Dogs Get Married and Share a Spoonful of Peanut Butter to Signify Their Love," 11 Nov. 2019 Before Kayla Denney took over last November, the animal shelter in Taft, Texas, had a kill rate of almost 100%. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Woman Brings Texas Animal Shelter's Kill Rate from 100 Percent to Zero," 8 Nov. 2019 The shelter proposed at Second Baptist Church, which requires approval by the San Antonio Planning & Zoning Commission and the San Antonio City Council, also has met opposition. Jeff B. Flinn, ExpressNews.com, "Universal City Planning & Zoning rejects proposed immigrant children’s shelter," 5 Nov. 2019 Emphatic opposition to her efforts to bring a new Navigation Center to the Embarcadero surfaced another batch of critics who have gone to considerable lengths — including litigation — to block the shelter from opening. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "Breed expected to coast into first full term as SF mayor," 5 Nov. 2019 Migrants have to go to the shelter to write their names down and get a number. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "'Overwhelming' rise in family arrivals, dramatic drop caps busy year at the Yuma border," 4 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Negash and his team scrambled to shelter them in a variety of situations, including on military bases. USA TODAY, "The US held a record number of migrant children in custody in 2019," 13 Nov. 2019 Private agencies trying to alleviate the impact of poverty and get people on their feet financially are being asked to do more, with spending up significantly this decade on programs ranging from health care to food needs to shelter to job training. James Pilcher, Cincinnati.com, "Region's nonprofits spend $500,000,000+ a year to fight poverty. Is it helping?," 13 Nov. 2019 Negash and his team scrambled to shelter them in a variety of situations, including on military bases. Fortune, "Migrant Children Held This Year by U.S. Nears a Record 70,000," 12 Nov. 2019 Negash and his team scrambled to shelter them in a variety of situations, including on military bases. Garance Burke, Twin Cities, "US held record number of migrant children in custody in 2019," 12 Nov. 2019 Negash and his team scrambled to shelter them in a variety of situations, including on military bases. Garance Burke, The Denver Post, "U.S. held record number of migrant kids in custody in 2019," 12 Nov. 2019 If there's a hurricane warning in your area but no evacuation order, be prepared to shelter yourself in a small room where there aren't any windows, such as a closet, and steer clear of structures like skylights and glass doors. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "How Do Hurricanes Form?," 13 Aug. 2019 Blue Spring State Park is famous for sheltering hundreds of manatees during the winter months. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida Springs Guide: Blue Spring State Park," 25 June 2019 Administration officials are now assessing whether military bases in Oklahoma, Montana and Georgia are suitable to shelter 5,000 immigrant children apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border without an adult relative. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "The Pentagon's Defense to Criticism of Troops Painting the Border Wall: It's 'Anti-Climb' Paint," 7 June 2019

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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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Time Traveler for shelter

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The first known use of shelter was in 1585

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Last Updated

16 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Shelter.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shelterless. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for shelter

shelter

noun
How to pronounce shelter (audio)

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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