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sanctuarynoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈsæŋk·tʃuˌer·i/
social studies protection or a ​safeplace, 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 ​religiousceremonieshappen: [C] Nan and her ​parentsfoundseats in the sanctuary for the ​service.
(Definition of sanctuary from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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sanctuarynoun

uk   /ˈsæŋk.tʃʊə.ri/  us   /ˈsæŋk.tʃu.er.i/
[C usually singular, U] protection or a ​safeplace, ​especially for someone or something being ​chased or ​hunted: Illegal ​immigrants found/​sought/took sanctuary in a ​localchurch. The ​chapelbecame 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 ​dangerousconditions: a ​wildlife/​bird sanctuary
[C] the most ​holypart of a ​religiousbuilding
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