Definition of shelter verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    shelter

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈʃeltə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃeltər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shelter
    BrE BrE//ˈʃeltə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃeltər//
     
    he / she / it shelters
    BrE BrE//ˈʃeltəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃeltərz//
     
    past simple sheltered
    BrE BrE//ˈʃeltəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃeltərd//
     
    past participle sheltered
    BrE BrE//ˈʃeltəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃeltərd//
     
    -ing form sheltering
    BrE BrE//ˈʃeltərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃeltərɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1  [transitive] to give somebody/something a place where they are protected from the weather or from danger; to protect somebody/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. 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. Wordfinderdownpour, drought, flash flood, monsoon, precipitation, puddle, rain, shelter, shower, squall See related entries: Rain
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent.: perhaps an alteration of sheld, an old spelling of shield, + -ure.
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