Synonyms of shelter

(Entry 1 of 2)

something (as a building) that offers cover from the weather or protection from danger
  • the sudden fierce storm forced us to run to the nearest shelter

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Synonyms & Antonyms of shelter (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to be or provide a shelter for
  • the abandoned barn shelters a colony of stray cats

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2 to provide with living quarters or shelter
  • sheltered the troops in tents until permanent barracks could be built

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The first known use of shelter was in 1585

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“Shelter.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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