Definition of refuge noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈrefjuːdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈrefjuːdʒ//
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  1. 1[uncountable] shelter or protection from danger, trouble, etc. A further 300 people have taken refuge in the US 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. See related entries: Immigration
  2. 2[countable] refuge (from somebody/something) a place, person or thing that provides shelter or protection for somebody/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 somebody/something a women’s refuge a refuge for the homeless See related entries: Types of home
  4. 4(British English) = traffic island
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, from Latin refugium, from Latin re- ‘back’ + fugere ‘flee’.Extra examples Many children consider the facility a welcome refuge. The cave provided refuge from the storm. They found refuge from the bright sun. They looked to the country as the last refuge of liberty. They sought refuge in the mountain villages. They took refuge in the embassy. They were hoping to find a safe refuge for the night. a monk living in a mountain refuge a town that became a refuge for a number of dissident artists A further 300 people have taken refuge in the embassy. During the great fire of 1871 the church served as a refuge for the homeless. The best option for a female victim of domestic abuse is to contact a women’s refuge. The marshes are a wetland refuge for seabirds, waders and wild fowl. The region was a place of refuge for outlaws and bandits.
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