shelve Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “shelve” in the English Dictionary

"shelve" in British English

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uk   us   /ʃelv/

shelve verb (DELAY)

[T] to not take ​action on something until a ​latertime: I've had to shelve my plans to ​buy a new ​car, because I can't ​afford it at the ​moment.

shelve verb (SHELF)

[T] to put something onto shelves, or to ​fix shelves ​somewhere

shelve verb (SLOPE)

[I] specialized geology When a ​surface such as the ​bottom of the ​sea shelves, it ​slopes down ​gradually: The ​seabed shelves ​gently for several hundred ​metres.
(Definition of shelve from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shelve" in American English

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shelveverb [T]

 us   /ʃelv/

shelve verb [T] (PUT ON SHELF)

to put something on a ​shelf or shelves: Would you shelve these ​books while I ​unpack the ​rest?

shelve verb [T] (DELAY)

to ​delayaction on something: I shelved ​plans to ​buy a new ​car, because I can’t ​afford it ​right now.
(Definition of shelve from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"shelve" in Business English

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shelveverb [T]

uk   us   /ʃelv/
to decide to ​stopworking on a ​plan, ​idea, etc. until a later ​time: Financial problems have ​forced the ​company to shelve their ​expansionplans. Public ​pressureled to a decision to shelve the ​project.
(Definition of shelve from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “shelve”
in Chinese (Simplified) 推迟, 推迟处理,搁置…
in Turkish ertelemek, rafa kaldırmak, sümen altı etmek…
in Russian прекращать…
in Chinese (Traditional) 延遲, 延遲處理,擱置…
in Polish odkładać (na półkę)…
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