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sanctuary

noun uk   /ˈsæŋk.tʃʊə.ri/ us    /-tʃu.er.i/
[C usually singular, U] protection or a safe place, especially for someone or something being chased or hunted: Illegal immigrants found/sought/took sanctuary in a local church. The chapel became a sanctuary for the refugees.figurative If I want some peace and quiet, I take sanctuary in my study. [C] a place where birds or animals can live and be protected, especially from being hunted or dangerous conditions: a wildlife/bird sanctuary [C] the most holy part of a religious building
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