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"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)







(Definition of shelve from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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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