- 1[transitive] shelve something to decide not to continue with a plan, either for a short time or permanently synonym put on ice The government has shelved the idea until at least next year.
- 2[transitive] shelve something to put books, etc. on a shelf
- 3[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (of land) to slope downward The beach shelved gently down to the water.
NAmE//ʃɛlv//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shelve
he / she / it shelves
past simple shelved
-ing form shelving