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English definition of “shelve”

shelve

verb [T]  /ʃelv/ us  

shelve verb [T] (PUT ON SHELF)

to put something on a shelf or shelves: Would you shelve these books while I unpack the rest?

shelve verb [T] (DELAY)

to delay action on something: I shelved plans to buy a new car, because I can’t afford it right now.
(Definition of shelve from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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