- 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 harboring
She confessed to harboring a “creeping concern that [Edward Snowden] is not who he purports to be.”From ISIS to Ebola, What Has Made Naomi Wolf So Paranoid?
October 11, 2014
Most people would not suspect Robert Mugabe of harboring a guilty conscience.Searching Hard for Mugabe’s Conscience
January 19, 2014
Yet no one who reads these books could seriously accuse me of harboring a prejudice against gay men (or women).Niall Ferguson Responds to the Blogospherse
May 8, 2013
Simple assault, battery, aiding and abetting, harboring a fugitive, and also obstruction of justice took place.The Mayor of Monrovia’s Fall From Grace
Clair MacDougall, Wade C.L. Williams
March 10, 2013
In a survey taken in 2010, the numbers had much improved with less than 10 percent harboring the same attitude.Men Who Hate Women
Barbie Latza Nadeau
February 17, 2013
He tried to conjecture what they felt, what thoughts they might be harboring.The Lion's Skin
These people will have it that I am harboring here one that they are in pursuit of.The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. II (of II)
Charles James Lever
I felt he was breaking God's law in harboring a woman of that kind.The Secret of the Storm Country
Grace Miller White
I really had been harboring a volcano for some time, and it was a hot tenant.How to Cook Husbands
Elizabeth Strong Worthington
It was almost as if in her mind she accused him of harboring some monstrous hallucination.The Combined Maze
Word Origin and History for harboring
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."