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Synonyms for shelter
ˈʃɛl tər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shelter(noun)

    a structure that provides privacy and protection from danger

    tax shelter, protection

  2. shelter(noun)

    protective covering that provides protection from the weather

    tax shelter, protection

  3. protection, shelter(noun)

    the condition of being protected

    "they were huddled together for protection"; "he enjoyed a sense of peace and protection in his new home"

    protective covering, aegis, security, tribute, trade protection, protection, tax shelter, protective cover, auspices

  4. tax shelter, shelter(noun)

    a way of organizing business to reduce the taxes it must pay on current earnings

    protection, tax shelter

  5. shelter(verb)

    temporary housing for homeless or displaced persons

    tax shelter, protection

  6. shelter(verb)

    provide shelter for

    "After the earthquake, the government could not provide shelter for the thousands of homeless people"

  7. shelter(verb)

    invest (money) so that it is not taxable

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. shelter

    Anything is covered over which something is completely extended; a vessel is covered with a lid; the head is covered with a hat. That which covers may also defend or protect; thus, troops interposed between some portion of their own army and the enemy are often called a covering party. To shelter is to cover so as to protect from injury or annoyance; as, the roof shelters from the storm; woods shelter from the heat. To defend (Latin defendere, to strike away) implies the actual, protect (Latin protegere, to cover before) implies the possible use of force or resisting power; guard implies sustained vigilance with readiness for conflict; we defend a person or thing against actual attack; we guard or protect against possible assault or injury. A powerful person may protect one who is weak by simply declaring himself his friend; he defends him by some form of active championship. An inanimate object may protect, as a garment from cold; defend is used but rarely, and by somewhat violent metaphor, in such connection. Protect is more complete than guard or defend; an object may be faithfully guarded or bravely defended in vain, but that which is protected is secure. To shield is to interpose something over or before that which is assailed, so as to save from harm, and has a comparatively passive sense; one may guard another by standing armed at his side, defend him by fighting for him, or shield him from a missile or a blow by interposing his own person. Harbor is generally used in an unfavorable sense; confederates or sympathizers harbor a criminal; a person harbors evil thoughts or designs. See CHERISH. Compare synonyms for HIDE; DEFENSE.

    cover, defend, guard, harbor, protect, screen, shield, ward

    betray, cast out, expel, expose, give up, refuse, reject, surrender

    Shelter under a roof from the storm; in the fortress, behind or within the walls, from attack.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. shelter(v)

    shield, conceal, cover, protect, screen

    expose, surrender, betray, imperil, endanger

  2. shelter(n)

    refuge, cover, harbor, asylum, retreat, shield, security, sanctuary

Editors Contribution

  1. ramada

    since its a shaded place, it can be used for shelter

    she rested under the ramada

    Submitted by rinat on August 15, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. shelter(n.)

    asylum, refuge, retreat, covert, sanctuary, harbor, haven

  2. shelter(n.)

    protection, shield, screen, defence, security, safety

  3. shelter(v. a.)

    shield, screen, hide, shroud, protect, defend, cover, house, harbor, lodge, ensconce

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. shelter(n)

    protection, screen, cover, shield, defense, covert, security, lee, asylum, refuge, retreat, haven, sanctuary

  2. shelter(v)

    shield, protect, defend, screen, ensconce, cover


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How to use shelter in a sentence?

  1. Meredith Montgomery:

    Something that I use in the shelters and high-volume spay-neuter facilities that I've worked in is playing music, i have used slow-paced classical music at a low volume for 'quiet hour' with shelter dogs.

  2. L.F. Magister:

    We´re eternal lonely in search for shelter in the life of another, cause we know that even the death we are alone.

  3. Exxon Mobil Corp:

    In an abundance of caution, the refinery activated the Crenshaw Boulevard barriers and the Torrance Fire Department sounded the community warning sirens to alert the public to shelter in place.

  4. Anne Martin:

    In Northern California alone, thousands of stray and unwanted rabbits end up in the municipal shelter systems, and the majority of these rabbits are under a year old.

  5. Sanita Belgrave:

    If you focus on the storms, you will miss the shelter.

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