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Definition of shelve verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shelve
    he / she / it shelves
    past simple shelved
    -ing form shelving
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  1. 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. 2[transitive] shelve something to put books, etc. on a shelf
  3. 3[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (of land) to slope downward The beach shelved gently down to the water.
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