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noun shelter pronunciation in American English /ˈʃeltər/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a place where people are protected from bad weather or from danger
    We built a temporary shelter out of branches.
    a bomb shelter
    1. a.
      [uncountable] a place or situation in which you are protected from bad weather or danger
      We stood and watched from the shelter of our front porch.
      take/seek shelter: We took shelter from the rain in a nearby bar.
      find shelter: They found shelter for the night in a cave.
  2. 2
    [countable] a temporary place to live for people who do not have their own homes, or for animals who have been treated in a cruel way
    a women’s shelter
    1. a.
      [uncountable] a place to live, considered as a basic human need
      Everyone has the right to food, clothing, and shelter.


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