- shelter or protection from danger, difficulty, etc.
- a person or thing that gives shelter, help, or comfort
- a place of safety; shelter; safe retreat
- an expediency or shift; action taken to escape trouble or difficulty
Origin of refugeOld French from Classical Latin refugium from refugere, to retreat from re-, back + fugere, to flee: see fugitive
transitive verb-·uged·, -·ug·ing