- 1 [transitive] to give somebody/something a place where they are protected from the weather or from danger; to protect somebody/something shelter somebody/something from somebody/something Trees shelter the house from the wind. shelter somebody/something helping the poor and sheltering the homeless Perhaps I sheltered my daughter too much (= protected her too much from unpleasant or difficult experiences).
- 2 [intransitive] shelter (from something) to stay in a place that protects you from the weather or from danger We sheltered from the rain in a doorway. Wordfinderdownpour, drought, flash flood, monsoon, precipitation, puddle, rain, shelter, shower, squall See related entries: Rain Word Origin late 16th cent.: perhaps an alteration of sheld, an old spelling of shield, + -ure.
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BrE BrE//ˈʃeltə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃeltər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shelter
BrE BrE//ˈʃeltə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃeltər//he / she / it shelters
BrE BrE//ˈʃeltəz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃeltərz//past simple sheltered
BrE BrE//ˈʃeltəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃeltərd//past participle sheltered
BrE BrE//ˈʃeltəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃeltərd//-ing form sheltering
BrE BrE//ˈʃeltərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃeltərɪŋ//Rain