Meaning of “refuge” in the English Dictionary

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"refuge" in British English

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refugenoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈref.juːdʒ/ us /ˈref.juːdʒ/

C2 (a place that gives) protection or shelter from danger, trouble, unhappiness, etc.:

These people are seeking/taking refuge from persecution.
The climbers slept in a mountain refuge.
She had fled from her violent husband to a women's refuge.

More examples

  • Hundreds of dissidents are seeking refuge in the US embassy.
  • He always refers to the house as his "refuge".
  • The walkers sought refuge from the storm in a farmer's barn.
  • In the event of an attack, take refuge in the basement.
  • The townspeople had taken refuge in the church.

(Definition of “refuge” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"refuge" in American English

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refugenoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈref·judʒ/

protection or shelter from danger, trouble, etc., or a place that provides this:

[ U ] Residents took refuge in their basements during the tornado.
[ C ] The bay is also a wildlife refuge for large numbers of birds.

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