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

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

At a shelter set up in a school in the nearby city of Escuintla, workers fastened colorful ID bracelets on the wrists of people who are among several thousand displaced by the eruption. Fox News, "Search for Guatemala eruption victims halted as death toll hits 109," 2 Oct. 2018 The Red Cross assisted evacuees at a shelter set up at Sun Prairie High School. Todd Richmond, chicagotribune.com, "Firefighter killed, a dozen injured in gas explosion and fire near Madison, Wisconsin," 11 July 2018 Another woman, Yeni Maricela Gonzalez Garcia, was freed from Eloy and took a high-profile road trip to New York to meet with her children at a shelter there, though the children had not yet been released to her. Pamela Ren Larson, azcentral, "Strangers raise $43K to help migrant mothers reunite with separated children," 9 July 2018 Among the adoptable pets Best Friends Animal Society brought along on the segment was a dog named Butler, who had been at the shelter close to two years waiting to find a forever home. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Dog Missing Two Years Reunites with Family After Pet Parents Spot Him on TV Adoption Segment," 6 July 2018 Three women at a domestic violence shelter in Brooklyn sit down on yoga mats facing the door on a rainy February evening. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "This Yoga Program Helps Victims of Domestic Violence Heal," 5 July 2018 Alma was just about to be euthanized Sunday at a shelter in Greenville, South Carolina, after being found last week with a broken pelvis and a broken left front leg. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Volunteers save critically injured dog, minutes from death," 28 June 2018 Separated kids have been sent far from the border detention facilities, with some already arriving at shelters in New York. Luke Darby, GQ, "The Trump Administration Claims to Have a Database of Separated Children but They Can't Prove It Exists," 27 June 2018 One of the other girls at the shelter was involved with CIS and encouraged her to join. Emily Himes, miamiherald, "She was homeless and in high school. Through this program, she got a major boost.," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This move can shelter up to $3,000 of ordinary income such as wages and provide losses for use against future capital gains. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "Make The Most of Your Failed Bitcoin Gamble: Sell Now," 21 Dec. 2018 Big Oil, at least with its public face, has acknowledged that reality and is supporting a revenue-neutral carbon tax in the US (one that, not incidentally, would shelter the industry from legal threats based on climate change). David Roberts, Vox, "Big Oil is using brute financial force to kill 2 state sustainability initiatives," 4 Nov. 2018 Families sheltered children inside, fearing they’d be recruited. Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, "The Truth About The Wives of ISIS," 4 Oct. 2018 The overhang timber roof sheds snow to the north and the east of the building, sheltering both the entrance and an expansive second-floor deck. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Modern ski chalet wants $3.8M near Tahoe," 30 Nov. 2018 One of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's most iconic PDA moments involved Meghan sheltering Harry under her umbrella towards the start of the tour. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Wants Meghan Markle to Stand Under His Umbrella," 29 Oct. 2018 The stage and audience areas are sheltered between a pair of 300-foot monoliths, Ship Rock and Creation Rock, and another boulder anchored behind the stage bounces sound forward. Christopher Reynolds, latimes.com, "Sitting in the palm of nature: The unique energy — and performances — of Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre," 12 July 2018 Among the animals displaced by the fire were 12 horses, three goats, three alpacas and two miniature horses, which were sheltered at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds. Karen Pearlman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "A few animals from West Fire waiting to be reunited with families," 10 July 2018 Body camera video shows officers sheltering behind patrol vehicles on the Las Vegas Strip in front of the Mandalay Bay hotel amid rapid gunfire from above. Fox News, "Video shows officers, security guards in hallway as Vegas gunman opens fire a floor above them," 2 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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12 Jan 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 \

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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