Definition of shelter noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈʃeltə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃeltər//
    Types of home, Helping others
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  1. 1  [uncountable] the fact of having a place to live or stay, considered as a basic human need Human beings need food, clothing and shelter.
  2. 2  [uncountable] shelter (from something) protection from rain, danger or attack to take shelter from the storm The fox was running for the shelter of the trees. People were desperately seeking shelter from the gunfire.
  3. 3   [countable] (often in compounds) a structure built to give protection, especially from the weather or from attack They built a rough shelter from old pieces of wood. an air-raid shelter see also bus shelter
  4. 4 [countable] a building, usually owned by a charity, that provides a place to stay for people without a home, or protection for people or animals who have been badly treated a night shelter for the homeless an animal shelter see also hostel See related entries: Types of home, Helping others
  5. Word Originlate 16th cent.: perhaps an alteration of sheld, an old spelling of shield, + -ure.Extra examples She was standing in the shelter of the doorway. She works as a volunteer at a homeless shelter. The earthquake victims were forced to build temporary shelters. The great elm trees gave shelter from the wind. The nuns won’t refuse you shelter. The villagers were building temporary shelters. These tax shelters allow people to invest in shares without paying tax. They tried to seek shelter from the rain. We had to leave the shelter of the trees. You’ll be safer in the shelter. a shelter for cattle He took shelter from the rain under a bridge. The fox ran for the shelter of the trees. They built a rough shelter from old pieces of wood and cardboard. They were anxious to find shelter for the night. We adopted a rescue dog from an animal shelter. a bus shelter
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