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Definition of harbor verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (harbour) verb
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they harbor ()harbour he / she / it harbors ()harbours past simple harbored ()harboured -ing form harboring ()harbouring
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  1. 1harbor somebody to hide and protect someone who is hiding from the police Police believe someone must be harboring the killer.
  2. 2harbor something to keep feelings or thoughts, especially negative ones, in your mind for a long time The arsonist may harbor a grudge against the company. She began to harbor doubts about the decision. to harbor thoughts of revenge He still harbors ambitions of playing professional soccer.
  3. 3harbor something to contain something and allow it to develop Your dishcloth can harbor many germs. These woodlands once harbored a colony of red deer.

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