Meaning of “sanctuary” in the English Dictionary

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"sanctuary" in British English

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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)

"sanctuary" in American English

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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)