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verb     shelter pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesheltering
past tensesheltered
past participlesheltered
  1. 1
    [transitive] to protect someone or something from bad weather

    Hills sheltered the town from the winds.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to stay somewhere where you are protected from bad weather

      We sheltered in an old barn for the night.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to protect someone from difficult or unpleasant experiences

    You cannot shelter your children from the realities of life.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to protect someone from danger, for example by giving them a secret place to stay
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to stay in a place where you are protected from danger


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