- The definition of a harbor is a place providing shelter or safety or a protected area in the water where boats anchor.
- An example of harbor is a home for abused women.
- An example of harbor is a port where someone can tie up their boat.
- Harbor is defined as to hide, protect or cling to.
- An example of harbor is hiding a person wanted by the police.
- An example of harbor is to hold onto the causes of an old family feud.
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- a place of refuge, safety, etc.; retreat; shelter
- a protected inlet, or branch of a sea, lake, etc., where ships can anchor, esp. one with port facilities
Origin: Middle English herberwe from Old English herebeorg (& Old Norse herbergi), literally , army shelter (from here, army plush beorg, a shelter), akin to Old High German heriberga: see harbinger
- to serve as, or provide, a place of protection to; shelter or house; conceal or hide
- to be the dwelling place or habitat of
- to hold in the mind; cling to: to harbor a grudge
- to take shelter, as in a harbor
- to live or exist
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- A sheltered part of a body of water deep enough to provide anchorage for ships.
- A place of shelter; a refuge.
- To give shelter to: harbor refugees; harbor a fugitive.
- To provide a place, home, or habitat for: a basement that harbors a maze of pipes; streams that harbor trout and bass.
- To entertain or nourish (a specified thought or feeling): harbor a grudge.
Origin: Middle English herberwe, probably from Old English herebeorg, lodging; see koro- in Indo-European roots.
- harˈbor·er noun