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Synonyms for shelter
ˈʃɛl tərshel·ter

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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. shelterverb

    shield, conceal, cover, protect, screen

    expose, surrender, betray, imperil, endanger

  2. shelternoun

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. shelternoun

    a structure that provides privacy and protection from danger

    tax shelter, protection

  2. shelternoun

    protective covering that provides protection from the weather

    tax shelter, protection

  3. protection, shelternoun

    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, shelternoun

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

    protection, tax shelter

  5. shelterverb

    temporary housing for homeless or displaced persons

    tax shelter, protection

  6. shelterverb

    provide shelter for

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

  7. shelterverb

    invest (money) so that it is not taxable

Editors Contribution

  1. compound of hut

    a house or refuge to guard on

    aisha helped kailey build a compound of hut so they could live near together.

    Submitted by anonymous on July 26, 2020  
  2. 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. shelternoun

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

  2. shelternoun

    protection, shield, screen, defence, security, safety

  3. shelterverb

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. shelternoun

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

  2. shelterverb

    shield, protect, defend, screen, ensconce, cover


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How to use shelter in a sentence?

  1. RJ Intindola – (Gandolfo):

    Those who seek shelter in the shadows, are free of criticism and controversy.

  2. Jeremiah Young:

    They are going to need food, they are going to need shelter, they are going to need water. Water will be a serious concern over the next few days.

  3. Susana Calderon:

    The landscapes are beautiful, but there is nothing else. Nowhere to take shelter, nowhere to run, god wanted me to know what real fear feels like.

  4. David Dillen:

    They also have a big fish-tank in the housekeeping department, with a shelter in it, oxygen and plants, when we think it’s necessary, we put them there for a few days.

  5. Leecia Welch:

    Fort Bliss is emblematic of a myopic focus on clearing out [ Customs and Border Protection ] without adequate concern for restoring and expanding the [ Office of Refugee Resettlement ] shelter system. We are warehousing upwards of 4,000 children in soft sided tents on a military base.

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