Harbor definition

härbər
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 sheltered part of a body of water deep enough to provide anchorage for ships.
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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.

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A sheltered expanse of water, adjacent to land, in which ships may dock or anchor, especially for loading and unloading.

A harbor, even if it is a little harbor, is a good thing, since adventurers come into it as well as go out, and the life in it grows strong, because it takes something from the world, and has something to give in return - Sarah Orne Jewett.

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Any place of shelter.

The neighborhood is a well-known harbor for petty thieves.

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To provide a harbor or safe place for.

The docks, which once harbored tall ships, now harbor only petty thieves.

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(intransitive) To take refuge or shelter in a protected expanse of water.

The fleet harbored in the south.

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To hold or persistently entertain in one's thoughts or mind.

She harbors a conviction that her husband has a secret, criminal past.

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To give shelter to.

Harbor refugees; harbor a fugitive.

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To entertain or nourish (a specified thought or feeling).

Harbor a grudge.

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To be the dwelling place or habitat of.
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To hold in the mind; cling to.

To harbor a grudge.

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To take shelter, as in a harbor.
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To provide a place, home, or habitat for.

A basement that harbors a maze of pipes; streams that harbor trout and bass.

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A place of refuge, safety, etc.; retreat; shelter.
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A protected inlet, or branch of a sea, lake, etc., where ships can anchor, esp. one with port facilities.
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To serve as, or provide, a place of protection to; shelter or house; conceal or hide.
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To live or exist.
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A place of shelter; a refuge.
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Origin of harbor

  • Middle English herberwe probably from Old English herebeorg lodging koro- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English herberwe, herberge, from Old English herebeorg ‘military quarters, hostelry’, from Proto-Germanic *harjabergō (compare West Frisian herberch ‘inn’, Dutch herberg ‘id.’, German Herberge ‘id.’), compound of *harjaz ‘army’ and *bergō ‘refuge, shelter’, deverbative of *ƀerʒanan ‘to protect, shelter’ (compare Old English beorgan). More at harry and bury.

    From Wiktionary