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Definition of refuge noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] shelter or protection from danger, trouble, etc. A further 300 people have taken refuge in the U.S. embassy. refuge (from somebody/something) They were forced to seek refuge from the fighting. a place of refuge As the situation at home got worse she increasingly took refuge in her work.
  2. 2[countable] refuge (from somebody/something) a place, person, or thing that provides shelter or protection for someone or something He regarded the room as a refuge from the outside world. a wetland refuge for birds
  3. 3[countable] a building that provides a temporary home for people in need of shelter or protection from someone or something a women's refuge a refuge for the homeless
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