shelter - definition and synonyms


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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 bus shelter

    a bomb shelter

    1. a.
      [uncountable] a place or situation in which you are protected from bad weather or danger

      People stood and watched from the shelter of shop doorways.

      take/seek shelter:

      We took shelter from the rain in a nearby cafe.

      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.