Definition of shelve
- shelve books
- shelve a project
The books were shelved according to category.
let's shelve the project for now
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First Known Use: 1598See Words from the same year
: 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
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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