- a part of a body of water along the shore deep enough for anchoring a ship and so situated with respect to coastal features, whether natural or artificial, as to provide protection from winds, waves, and currents.
- such a body of water having docks or port facilities.
- any place of shelter or refuge: The old inn was a harbor for tired travelers.
- to give shelter to; offer refuge to: They harbored the refugees who streamed across the borders.
- to conceal; hide: to harbor fugitives.
- to keep or hold in the mind; maintain; entertain: to harbor suspicion.
- to house or contain.
- to shelter (a vessel), as in a harbor.
- (of a vessel) to take shelter in a harbor.
Origin of harbor
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Examples from the Web for harbored
As a child I harbored the hope that, if I could write a book I might become part of the magic I found in books.Book Bag: Overlooked Classic Books From the Sunshine State
Randy Wayne White
September 30, 2014
They told her they had heard she harbored gay men and runaway girls.An Iraqi Group Helping Women and Gays Is Receiving Death Threats
July 22, 2014
Even before he was a teenager, Williams harbored dreams of being an actor.Broadway’s Rebel, Tellin’ You to Hear It: A Portrait of Saul Williams
June 17, 2014
If Bonnaroovians harbored ill will for the star, it did not show.Kanye Returns to Bonnaroo With a Night of Lectures
Daniel G. Hill
June 15, 2014
In 2013, 12 percent of Americans harbored anti-Semitic attitudes, as opposed to 29 percent in 1964.How (Not) to Fight Racism and Anti-Semitism
February 22, 2014
A tree close to his suddenly fluttered with the unseen life it harbored.The Bluff of the Hawk
If he harbored any disappointment in him, he does not appear to have shown it.Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark
Jens Christian Aaberg
True, she has been told that it may be so—but the thought is not harbored for an instant.
It was not enough for Layton to protest that he harbored no such intentions.One Of Them
Charles James Lever
If man was a rabbit, then perhaps he harbored the check to these creatures of flame.The Whispering Spheres
Russell Robert Winterbotham
Word Origin and History for harbored
Old English hereborgian, cognate with Old Norse herbergja, Old High German heribergon, Middle Dutch herbergen; see harbor (n.). Figuratively, of thoughts, etc., from late 14c. Related: Harbored; harboring.
"lodging for ships," early 12c., probably from Old English herebeorg "lodgings, quarters," from here "army, host" (see harry) + beorg "refuge, shelter" (related to beorgan "save, preserve;" see bury); perhaps modeled on Old Norse herbergi "room, lodgings, quarters." Sense shifted in Middle English to "refuge, lodgings," then to "place of shelter for ships."