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shelter

noun [C/U]  us   /ˈʃel·tər/
something that gives protection, such as a building or tent, or the protection provided: [C] We took the stray dog to an animal shelter. [U] The wall gave us some shelter from the wind. [U] The program offers shelter to runaway teens.

shelter

verb [I/T]  us   /ˈʃel·tər/
to protect yourself, or another person or thing, from bad weather, danger, or attack: [T] The city feeds, clothes, and shelters the orphans. [I] We were caught in a thunderstorm and sheltered in a cave.
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