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verb [transitive] harbour pronunciation in British English /ˈhɑː(r)bə(r)/
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present tense
present participleharbouring
past tenseharboured
past participleharboured

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  1. 1
    to keep a particular thought or feeling in your mind for a long time
    The opposition accused him of harbouring secret plans to take the country to war.
    He still harboured doubts about her real intentions.
    harbour a grudge/fear/suspicion
  2. 2
    to protect someone who has done something wrong
    They accused several countries of harbouring terrorists.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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