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harbour

[hahr-ber] /ˈhɑr bər/
noun, verb (used with or without object), Chiefly British.
1.
Usage note
See -or1.

harbor

[hahr-ber] /ˈhɑr bər/
noun
1.
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.
2.
such a body of water having docks or port facilities.
3.
any place of shelter or refuge:
The old inn was a harbor for tired travelers.
verb (used with object)
4.
to give shelter to; offer refuge to:
They harbored the refugees who streamed across the borders.
5.
to conceal; hide:
to harbor fugitives.
6.
to keep or hold in the mind; maintain; entertain:
to harbor suspicion.
7.
to house or contain.
8.
to shelter (a vessel), as in a harbor.
verb (used without object)
9.
(of a vessel) to take shelter in a harbor.
Also, especially British, harbour.
Origin of harbor
1150
before 1150; Middle English herber(we), herberge, Old English herebeorg lodgings, quarters (here army + (ge)beorg refuge); cognate with German Herberge
Related forms
harborer, noun
harborless, adjective
harborous, adjective
unharbored, adjective
Can be confused
dock, harbor, pier, wharf (see synonym study at the current entry)
Synonyms
1. Harbor, haven, port indicate a shelter for ships. A harbor may be natural or artificially constructed or improved: a fine harbor on the eastern coast. A haven is usually a natural harbor that can be utilized by ships as a place of safety; the word is common in literary use: a haven in time of storm; a haven of refuge. A port is a harbor viewed especially in its commercial relations, though it is frequently applied in the meaning of harbor or haven also: a thriving port; any old port in a storm. 3. asylum, sanctuary, retreat. 4. protect, lodge. 6. See cherish.
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Examples from the Web for harboured
Historical Examples
  • Rolfe had never seen her look thus, but it confirmed a suspicion which he had harboured concerning her.

    The Whirlpool George Gissing
  • He shuddered that he could have harboured the thought for a moment.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • War is seen to be but a symptom, a horrible outbreak of malignant forces, which we have nurtured and harboured in times of peace.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • She had harboured a belief that all might be well on the coming home of her father.

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • We felt perfectly certain of success; not one amongst us harboured a thought of failure.

  • Not for worlds would he have harboured an exaggerated or immoderate idea.

  • Hayoue, she knew, harboured toward Tyope sentiments akin to her own.

    The Delight Makers Adolf Bandelier
  • What illusions they had all harboured in those strange old days!

  • And then it happened him to come to a poor man's house, and there he was harboured all that night.

  • They passed out by the door of the room which had harboured the Magdeburgers.

    The Mercenary W. J. Eccott
British Dictionary definitions for harboured

harbour

/ˈhɑːbə/
noun
1.
a sheltered port
2.
a place of refuge or safety
verb
3.
(transitive) to give shelter to: to harbour a criminal
4.
(transitive) to maintain secretly: to harbour a grudge
5.
to shelter (a vessel) in a harbour or (of a vessel) to seek shelter
Derived Forms
harbourer, (US) harborer, noun
harbourless, (US) harborless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English herebeorg, from here troop, army + beorg shelter; related to Old High German heriberga hostelry, Old Norse herbergi
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Word Origin and History for harboured

harbour

chiefly British English spelling of harbor (n. and v.); for spelling, see -or.

harbor

n.

"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."

v.

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.

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