Definitions for Shelterˈʃɛl tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

shel•terˈʃɛl tər(n.)

  1. something beneath, behind, or within which one is covered or protected, as from storms or danger; refuge.

  2. the protection or refuge afforded by such a thing:

    We took shelter in a nearby barn.

  3. a building serving as a temporary refuge or residence, as for homeless persons or abandoned animals.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. Category: Banking, Business

    Ref: tax shelter.

  5. (v.t.)to act as a shelter for; afford shelter to.

  6. to provide with a shelter; place under cover.

  7. to take under one's protection; protect.

  8. to invest (money) in a tax shelter.

    Category: Banking, Business

  9. (v.i.)to take shelter; find a refuge.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shelter(noun)

    a structure that provides privacy and protection from danger

  2. shelter(noun)

    protective covering that provides protection from the weather

  3. protection, shelter(noun)

    the condition of being protected

    "they were huddled together for protection"; "he enjoyed a sense of peace and protection in his new home"

  4. tax shelter, shelter(noun)

    a way of organizing business to reduce the taxes it must pay on current earnings

  5. shelter(verb)

    temporary housing for homeless or displaced persons

  6. shelter(verb)

    provide shelter for

    "After the earthquake, the government could not provide shelter for the thousands of homeless people"

  7. shelter(verb)

    invest (money) so that it is not taxable

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. shelter(noun)ˈʃɛl tər

    protection from harm or sth unpleasant

    people seeking shelter under the trees; The refugees took shelter in a local school.

  2. shelterˈʃɛl tər

    a place where you are protected from harm or sth unpleasant

    They built a shelter before the storm.; a bomb shelter

  3. shelterˈʃɛl tər

    a place where sb who is in danger can live temporarily

    a homeless shelter; a shelter for victims of domestic violence

  4. shelterˈʃɛl tər

    the fact of having a place to live

    people needing food and shelter

  5. shelter(verb)ˈʃɛl tər

    to protect from harm

    Huge rocks sheltered the beach from the waves.

  6. shelterˈʃɛl tər

    to protect from unpleasant experiences

    Private schools can shelter students from the real world.

  7. shelterˈʃɛl tər

    to go under or inside sth to protect yourself

    baby geese sheltering under their mother's wing


  1. shelter(Noun)

    A refuge, haven or other cover or protection from something

  2. shelter(Noun)

    An institution that provides temporary housing for homeless people, battered women etc

  3. shelter(Verb)

    To provide cover

  4. shelter(Verb)

    To take cover

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shelter(noun)

    that which covers or defends from injury or annoyance; a protection; a screen

  2. Shelter(noun)

    one who protects; a guardian; a defender

  3. Shelter(noun)

    the state of being covered and protected; protection; security

  4. Shelter(verb)

    to be a shelter for; to provide with a shelter; to cover from injury or annoyance; to shield; to protect

  5. Shelter(verb)

    to screen or cover from notice; to disguise

  6. Shelter(verb)

    to betake to cover, or to a safe place; -- used reflexively

  7. Shelter(verb)

    to take shelter


  1. Shelter

    Shelter is a Hare Krishna Melodic hardcore/Pop punk band formed by Ray Cappo.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. shelter

    An International Organization for Standardization container outfitted with liveor work-in capability. See also International Organization for Standardization.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Shelter' in Nouns Frequency: #2229

Translations for Shelter

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


protection against wind, rain, enemies etc

We gave the old man shelter for the night.

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