Shelter meaning

shĕltər
To shelter is defined as to provide protection or cover.

An example of to shelter is to give a homeless person a place to live.

verb
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To take cover; find refuge.

We sheltered under the store's awning during the storm.

verb
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The definition of a shelter is a structure that provides cover or protection.

An example of a shelter is a house.

noun
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Any of various places for providing food and lodging on a temporary or emergency basis, as one for the homeless or one for stray pets.
noun
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To provide shelter or refuge for; protect.
verb
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The state of being covered or protected; protection; refuge.
noun
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To find protection or refuge.
verb
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(intransitive) To take cover.

During the rainstorm, we sheltered under a tree.

verb
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The state of being covered or protected.

The fox found shelter in a cave.

noun
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To invest (income) to protect it from taxation.
verb
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A refuge, haven or other cover or protection from something.
noun
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Something that covers or protects; protection, or place affording protection, as from the elements or danger.
noun
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To provide cover from damage or harassment; to shield; to protect.
verb
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To provide cover or protection for.

Trees that sheltered the cows; agents who sheltered the spies.

verb
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Origin of shelter

  • Perhaps from Middle English sheltron tight battle formation from Old English scildtruma scield shield shield truma troop deru- in Indo-European roots

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