Shelve meaning

shĕlv
To shelve is to put something, especially books, onto a shelf or resting place, or to put something aside.

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.

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To place or arrange on a shelf.

Shelved the products in the grocery store.

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To put aside as though on a shelf.
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To cause to retire from service; dismiss.

Workers who were shelved during the recession.

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To furnish or outfit with shelves.
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To slope gradually; incline.
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To incline or slope gradually.
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To equip with shelves.
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To put on a shelf or shelves.
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To place on a shelf.

The library needs volunteers to help shelve books.

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To store, set aside, quit, or halt.

They shelved the entire project when they heard how much it would cost.

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To furnish with shelves.

To shelve a closet or a library.

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(Wales, slang) To have sex with.
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A rocky ledge or shelf.
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Origin of shelve

  • From shelf (on the model of such pairs as calf, calve)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From (plural of) shelf.
    From Wiktionary