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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: He sheltered in a barn.
Finance. to invest money in a tax shelterd.

Nearby words

shellflower, shellproof, shellwork, shelly, shelta, shelter, shelter belt, shelter deck, shelter tent, sheltered, sheltered housing

Origin of shelter

1575–85; perhaps alteration of obsolete sheltron testudo, Old English scieldtruma, equivalent to scield shield + truma body of fighting men; see trim
SYNONYMS FOR shelter
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Synonym study

1. See cover.
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British Dictionary definitions for shelterless

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 Formsshelterer, nounshelterless, adjective

Word Origin for shelter

C16: of uncertain origin
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