shelve

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verb \ ˈshelv \

Definition of shelve

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

  1. The books were shelved according to category.

  2. let's shelve the project for now

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Origin and Etymology of shelve

shelf

shelve Synonyms

Synonyms
defer, delay, hold off (on), hold over, hold up, lay over, put off, put over, remit, postpone
Related Words
suspend; hesitate, pause, stay; detain, retard, slow; extend, lengthen, prolong, protract, stretch (out); wait
Near Antonyms
act, deal (with), decide (upon), do, work (on)

SHELVE Defined for English Language Learners

shelve

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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; shelving
1 :to place or store on a shelf
  • shelve books
2 :to put off or aside :defer
  • The plan has been shelved for now.


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