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Meaning of shelter

shel•ter

Pronunciation: (shel'tur), [key]
— n.
  1. something beneath, behind, or within which a person, animal, or thing is protected from storms, missiles, adverse conditions, etc.; refuge.
  2. the protection or refuge afforded by such a thing: He took shelter in a nearby barn.
  3. protection from blame, incrimination, etc.
  4. a dwelling place or home considered as a refuge from the elements: Everyone's basic needs are food, clothing, and shelter.
  5. a building serving as a temporary refuge or residence for homeless persons, abandoned animals, etc.
  6. See
—v.t.
  1. to be a shelter for; afford shelter to: The old barn sheltered him from the rain.
  2. to provide with a shelter; place under cover.
  3. to protect, as by shelter; take under one's protection: Parents should not try to shelter their children from normal childhood disappointments.
  4. to invest (money) in a tax shelter.
—v.i.
  1. to take shelter; find a refuge: He sheltered in a barn.
  2. to invest money in a tax shelter.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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