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shelter

[ shel-ter ]
/ ˈʃɛl tər /
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noun
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
to take shelter; find a refuge: Students sheltered in the gymnasium when they heard the tornado sirens.
Finance. to invest money in a tax shelter.
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Origin of shelter

First recorded in 1575–85; of uncertain origin; perhaps alteration of obsolete sheltron “testudo” (a protective vault formed of Roman legionaries' shields), Old English scieldtruma, equivalent to scield + truma “body of men in battle formation”; see origin at shield, trim

synonym study for shelter

1. See cover.

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British Dictionary definitions for shelter

shelter
/ (ˈʃɛltə) /

noun
something that provides cover or protection, as from weather or danger; place of refuge
the protection afforded by such a cover; refuge
the state of being sheltered
verb
(tr) to provide with or protect by a shelter
(intr) to take cover, as from rain; find refuge
(tr) to act as a shelter for; take under one's protection

Derived forms of shelter

shelterer, nounshelterless, adjective

Word Origin for shelter

C16: of uncertain origin
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