shelter Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"shelter" in British English

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shelternoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈʃel.tər/  us   /-t̬ɚ/
B2 (a ​buildingdesigned to give) ​protection from ​badweather, ​danger, or ​attack: an air-raid shelter They ​opened a shelter to ​providetemporaryhousing for the city's ​homeless. The ​trees gave/​provided some shelter from the ​rain.find/take shelter B2 to ​protect yourself from ​badweather, ​danger, or ​attack: We took shelter for the ​night in an ​abandonedhouse.
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shelterverb

uk   /ˈʃel.tər/  us   /-t̬ɚ/

shelter verb (PROTECT)

C2 [I or T] to ​protect yourself, or another ​person or thing, from ​badweather, ​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 ​secrethidingplace so that they will not be ​caught by the ​army, ​police, etc.: Local ​peopleriskedtheir own ​lives to shelter ​resistancefighters from the ​army.

shelter verb (AVOID TAX)

[T] US If you shelter ​income, you ​legallyavoidpayingtaxes on it: Their ​accountantsuggested some ​novelways of sheltering ​theirretirementincome.
(Definition of shelter from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shelter" in American English

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shelternoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈʃel·tər/
something that gives ​protection, such as a ​building or ​tent, or the ​protectionprovided: [C] We took the ​straydog to an ​animal shelter. [U] The ​wall gave us some shelter from the ​wind. [U] The ​programoffers shelter to ​runawayteens.

shelterverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈʃel·tər/
to ​protect yourself, or another ​person or thing, from ​badweather, ​danger, or ​attack: [T] The ​cityfeeds, ​clothes, and shelters the ​orphans. [I] We were ​caught in a ​thunderstorm and ​sheltered in a ​cave.
(Definition of shelter from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"shelter" in Business English

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shelterverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈʃeltər/ TAX
US if you shelter ​income, you ​find a ​legal way to ​avoidpayingtax on it: shelter ​savings/​assetsshelter sth from sb/sth The ​companyneeds to ​act now to shelter its ​assets from the ​taxman.

shelternoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈʃeltər/ TAX
a way to ​legallyavoidpayingtax: shelter from sth These ​investments continue to ​offer shelter from ​capitalgainstax.
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(Definition of shelter from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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