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shelter

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈʃel.tər/ us    /-t̬ɚ/
B2 (a building designed to give) protection from bad weather, danger, or attack: an air-raid shelter They opened a shelter to provide temporary housing for the city's homeless. The trees gave/provided some shelter from the rain. find/take shelter B2 to protect yourself from bad weather, danger, or attack: We took shelter for the night in an abandoned house.

shelter

verb uk   /ˈʃel.tər/ us    /-t̬ɚ/

shelter verb (PROTECT)

C2 [I or T] to protect yourself, or another person or thing, from bad weather, danger, or attack: We were caught in a thunderstorm, without anywhere to shelter. A group of us were sheltering from the rain under the trees. [T] to give someone a secret hiding place so that they will not be caught by the army, police, etc.: Local people risked their own lives to shelter resistance fighters from the army.

shelter verb (AVOID TAX)

[T] US If you shelter income, you legally avoid paying taxes on it: Their accountant suggested some novel ways of sheltering their retirement income.
(Definition of shelter from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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