shelved; shelving

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to slope in a formation like a shelf
shelver noun

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Example Sentences

The books were shelved according to category. let's shelve the project for now
Recent Examples on the Web In a new interview for the SKRIPT YouTube channel, Arbi and Fallah offered more details, from their perspective, of Warner Bros.’ shock decision to shelve the Batgirl movie that was in the post-production phase. Abid Rahman, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Aug. 2022 John Oliver took aim at his network’s parent company’s decision to shelve Batgirl. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Aug. 2022 More than half a million of Hong Kong’s 7 million people marched against the bill on the July 1 anniversary of the handover, forcing the administration to shelve it. Molpasorn Shoowong, NBC News, 1 July 2022 The senator’s cost concerns soon left Democrats no choice but to whittle down their aspirations, forcing them to shelve plans for free prekindergarten, paid family and medical leave, and tax benefits for low-income families. Tony Romm,, 10 July 2022 That amendment passed in a 65-26 vote, leading bill sponsor Rep. Danny McCormick (R) to shelve the legislation. Alison Durkee, Forbes, 13 May 2022 The exclusive followed reports Wednesday that Meta would shelve its work on a smartwatch with two cameras, citing technological hurdles. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 10 June 2022 Instead of financing drilling anywhere and everywhere, investors told oil companies to focus on their most profitable oil projects and shelve the others. Justin Worland/houston, Time, 10 Mar. 2022 This is essentially what Apple last year proposed doing on its iPhones, before an enormous privacy outcry forced it to largely shelve the plans. David Meyer, Fortune, 12 May 2022 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of shelve was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Shelve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition



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

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