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sanctuarynoun

uk   /ˈsæŋk.tʃʊə.ri/ us   /ˈsæŋk.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
(Definition of sanctuary from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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sanctuarynoun [C/U]

us   /ˈsæŋk·tʃuˌer·i/
social studies protection or a safe place, esp. for someone or something being chased or hunted: [U] The storm’s survivors took sanctuary in the church.
social studies A sanctuary is a place where birds or animals can live and be protected: [C] a wildlife/bird sanctuary
social studies A sanctuary is the part of a church where religious ceremonies happen: [C] Nan and her parents found seats in the sanctuary for the service.
(Definition of sanctuary from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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