- 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 harboured
Who knows how many spies they have harboured right in the very midst of our camps?A Set of Six
He shuddered that he could have harboured the thought for a moment.The Root of Evil
She had harboured a belief that all might be well on the coming home of her father.The Free Lances
Not for worlds would he have harboured an exaggerated or immoderate idea.
What illusions they had all harboured in those strange old days!
- a sheltered port
- a place of refuge or safety
- (tr) to give shelter toto harbour a criminal
- (tr) to maintain secretlyto harbour a grudge
- to shelter (a vessel) in a harbour or (of a vessel) to seek shelter
Word Origin and History for harboured
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."