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

     

    shelve

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ʃelv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃelv//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they shelve
    BrE BrE//ʃelv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃelv//
     
    he / she / it shelves
    BrE BrE//ʃelvz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃelvz//
     
    past simple shelved
    BrE BrE//ʃelvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃelvd//
     
    past participle shelved
    BrE BrE//ʃelvd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ʃelvd//
     
    -ing form shelving
    BrE BrE//ˈʃelvɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃelvɪŋ//
     
     
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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 downwards The beach shelved gently down to the water.
  4. Word Origin senses 1 to 2 late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘project like a shelf’ (Shakespearean usage)): from shelves, plural of shelf. sense 3 late Middle English: origin uncertain; perhaps from shelf.Extra examples The beach shelves gently down to the sea. The ground shelves quite steeply here. Plans to expand the company have been quietly shelved.
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