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harbour

noun [C or U] uk UK (US harbor)   /ˈhɑː.bər/ us    /ˈhɑːr.bɚ/
B1 an area of water next to the coast, often protected from the sea by a thick wall, where ships and boats can shelter: Our hotel room overlooked a pretty little fishing harbour.
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verb [T] uk UK (US harbor)   /ˈhɑː.bər/ us    /ˈhɑːr.bɚ/

harbour verb [T] (HAVE IN MIND)

to think about or feel something, usually over a long period: He's been harbouring a grudge against her ever since his promotion was refused. There are those who harbour suspicions about his motives. Powell remains non-committal about any political ambitions he may harbour.

harbour verb [T] (HIDE)

to protect someone or something bad, especially by hiding that person or thing when the police are looking for him, her, or it: to harbour a criminal

harbour verb [T] (CONTAIN)

to contain the bacteria, etc. that can cause a disease to spread: Bathroom door handles can harbour germs.
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