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English definition of “sanctuary”

sanctuary

noun [C/U]  /ˈsæŋk·tʃuˌer·i/ us  
social studies protection or a safe place, esp. for someone or something being chased or hunted: [U] The storm’s survivors took sanctuary in the church. social studies A sanctuary is a place where birds or animals can live and be protected: [C] a wildlife/bird sanctuary social studies A sanctuary is the part of a church where religious ceremonies happen: [C] Nan and her parents found seats in the sanctuary for the service.
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