- An example of shelve is for a librarian to return books to the stacks from a cart.
- An example of shelve is to choose to stop discussion on a topic in order to move to the next agenda item.
To shelve is to put something, especially books, onto a shelf or resting place, or to put something aside.
shelved, shelv′ing to incline or slope gradually
Origin of shelvefrom shelf
- to equip with shelves
- to put on a shelf or shelves
- to lay aside as if on a shelf; defer: to shelve a discussion
- to dismiss or retire from active service
Origin of shelve< pl. of shelf
verbshelved, shelv·ing, shelves
- To place or arrange on a shelf: shelved the products in the grocery store.
- To put aside as though on a shelf: “As usual, Dixon shelved this question” ( Kingsley Amis ) See Synonyms at defer1.
- To cause to retire from service; dismiss: workers who were shelved during the recession.
- To furnish or outfit with shelves.
To slope gradually; incline: “the hardpan that shelved down to the desert” ( Stephen King )
Origin of shelveFrom shelf ( on the model of such pairs as calf, calve )
(third-person singular simple present shelves, present participle shelving, simple past and past participle shelved)
From (plural of) shelf.