Meaning of “asylum” in the English Dictionary

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us /əˈsɑɪ·ləm/

asylum noun (PROTECTION)

[ U ] protection or safety, or a protected and safe place, given esp. to someone who has left a country or place for political reasons:

The refugees have asked for political asylum.

asylum noun (HOSPITAL)

[ C ] dated a mental hospital, or any other institution giving shelter and other help to poor or suffering people:

He was committed to an insane asylum in 1899.

(Definition of “asylum” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)