[ ref-yooj ]
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  1. shelter or protection from danger, trouble, etc.: to take refuge from a storm.

  2. a place of shelter, protection, or safety.

  1. anything to which one has recourse for aid, relief, or escape.

verb (used with object),ref·uged, ref·ug·ing.
  1. Archaic. to afford refuge to.

verb (used without object),ref·uged, ref·ug·ing.
  1. Archaic. to take refuge.

Origin of refuge

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin refugium, from refug(ere) “to turn and flee, run away” (re- re- + fugere “to flee”; see fugitive) + -ium -ium

Other words for refuge

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How to use refuge in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for refuge


/ (ˈrɛfjuːdʒ) /

  1. shelter or protection, as from the weather or danger

  2. any place, person, action, or thing that offers or appears to offer protection, help, or relief: accused of incompetence, he took refuge in lying

  1. another name for traffic island

  1. archaic to take refuge or give refuge to

Origin of refuge

C14: via Old French from Latin refugium, from refugere to flee away, from re- + fugere to escape

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