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

However, no shelters are open for Bahamian evacuees in Florida, DeSantis said. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "3,900 evacuees from the Bahamas have come to south Florida," 13 Sep. 2019 On March 15, the city’s fire chief, Mario D’Agostino, emailed ICE official Marc Moore pleading with the agency not to release additional migrants into the city because shelters were at capacity. Aaron Cantú, The New Republic, "Inside Trump’s Border Chaos," 12 Sep. 2019 The evacuation shelter is at the Lassen County Fairgrounds, 195 Russell Ave. in Susanville. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "Walker Fire map: Perimeter, evacuations, forest closure zone in Plumas County," 9 Sep. 2019 Bus stops and shelters should be cleaner and help people feel safer, the study said. Washington Post, "Buses must be a ‘priority’ to provide faster, more reliable service, new study says," 6 Sep. 2019 If Newport were to lease the Campus Drive spot, two shelters would be about two miles apart. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Newport Beach eyes three potential sites for temporary homeless shelter," 30 Aug. 2019 The shelter provides vaccinations, spay/neuter services and veterinarian care. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Former San Antonio mayor’s plans for protecting animals could be ‘game changer’," 3 Sep. 2019 Special needs shelters are available to people who have pre-registered. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, "If Hurricane Dorian stays on current path, Fort Lauderdale airport expects to reopen at noon Tuesday," 2 Sep. 2019 The complaint says Jensen sideswiped a Metro Transit bus and then backed into the bus before slowly veering onto the curb and ramming into the bus shelter at Lyndale and Broadway avenues. Jeff Baenen, Twin Cities, "Criminal charges at issue for driver, 83, who crashed into Minneapolis bus shelter," 30 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Using some old tax avoidance techniques, Uber has a way to shelter potentially tens of billions of dollars from the tax man, whether in the U.S. or EU. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "Uber Could Save Billions in Taxes With This Little-Noticed Move," 9 Sep. 2019 Entire neighborhoods – including in normally conservative, pro-government areas of Hong Kong – have turned out to oppose police and shelter the mainly young protesters. The Christian Science Monitor, "Giving brushoffs the brushoff," 5 Sep. 2019 Tents — some large enough to shelter multiple people — have replaced cardboard and plywood structures, and couches, coolers and barbecue grills now sit amid piles of garbage and debris. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Downtown homeless encampment now at 'crisis' stage, Milwaukee business leader says," 19 July 2019 The country does not have enough places to shelter rescued and ailing elephants. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "This elephant-obsessed Indian state is finally stepping in to protect abused captive animals," 13 June 2019 The University of Central Florida, where classes for the fall semester just started on Monday, is watching the path of the storm but hasn’t yet announced any plans for evacuation or sheltering in place. David Harris, orlandosentinel.com, "Powerful Hurricane Dorian prompts Florida state of emergency as storm roars through U.S. Virgin Islands," 28 Aug. 2019 To be sure, sheltering in place also posed great risks. Kathryn Hyer, The Conversation, "Hurricane evacuation of nursing home residents still an unsolved challenge," 28 Aug. 2019 Typically warnings are given before evacuation orders but a third option may be to shelter in place, Scales said. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Cal Fire briefs planners on fire preparedness efforts," 18 July 2019 New Orleans residents in areas protected by levees were ordered to shelter in place after 8 p.m Friday. Jesus Jimenez, Dallas News, "Gov. Greg Abbott offers state resources to Louisiana as Tropical Storm Barry nears landfall," 12 July 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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21 Sep 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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