- 1[transitive] to give someone or something a place where they are protected from the weather or from danger; to protect someone or 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.
NAmE//ˈʃɛltər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shelter
he / she / it shelters
past simple sheltered
-ing form sheltering