shelve

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verb \ˈshelv\

Definition of shelve

shelved

;

shelving

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to furnish with shelves

  3. 2 :  to place on a shelf shelve books

  4. 3a :  to remove from active serviceb :  to put off or aside shelve a project

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to slope in a formation like a shelf

shelver

noun

Examples of shelve in a Sentence

  1. The books were shelved according to category.

  2. let's shelve the project for now

Origin and Etymology of shelve

shelf


First Known Use: 1598


SHELVE Defined for English Language Learners

shelve

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verb \ˈshelv\

Definition of shelve for English Language Learners

  • : to put (something) on a shelf

  • : to stop doing or thinking about (something) for a period of time

  • : to make (someone) unable to play or perform


SHELVE Defined for Kids

shelve

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verb \ˈshelv\

Definition of shelve for Students

shelved

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shelving

  1. 1 :  to place or store on a shelf shelve books

  2. 2 :  to put off or aside :  defer The plan has been shelved for now.



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