shelve

verb

shelved; shelving

transitive verb

1
: to furnish with shelves
2
: to place on a shelf
shelve books
3
a
: to remove from active service
b
: to put off or aside
shelve a project

intransitive verb

: to slope in a formation like a shelf
shelver noun

Examples of shelve in a Sentence

The books were shelved according to category. let's shelve the project for now
Recent Examples on the Web Half of the scholarships were either shelved or had their eligibility requirements changed after the complaints were filed, Jacobson said. Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, Washington Post, 9 July 2024 Republicans shelved the measure, which would have also tightened asylum requirements, in February and then blocked similar legislation in May after Trump objected. Jeff Barker, Baltimore Sun, 28 June 2024 Buy Now 04 of 14 Dystopian: 'The Handmaid’s Tale' by Margaret Atwood Speculative near-future dystopias usually get shelved in science fiction, but there are definitely a few books in the intersection of the Venn diagram where speculative dystopia meets dark fantasy meets horror. Marianne Gordon, Peoplemag, 19 June 2024 Many of them were debated publicly early in the year, but then shelved. Laurel Rosenhall, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for shelve 

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Word History

Etymology

shelf

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shelve was in 1598

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“Shelve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shelve. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

shelve

verb
shelved; shelving
1
: to place on a shelf
shelve books
2
: to put off or aside : defer
shelve a project
shelver noun

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