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Meaning of harbour by Wiktionary Dictionary

harbour


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    Etymology

    From Middle English herber, herberge, from Old English herebeorg ( “shelter, lodgings, quarters” ), from Proto-Germanic *harjaz ( “army” ) + *bergô ( “protection” ), equivalent to Old English here ( “army, host” ) + ġebeorg ( “defense, protection, refuge” ). Cognate with Old Norse herbergi ( “a harbour; a room” ) ( whence the Icelandic herbergi ), Dutch herberg, German Herberge ‘hospice’, Swedish härbärge. Compare also French auberge ( “hostel” ). More at here, borrow .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈhɑːbə/
    • ( Canada ) IPA: /ˈhɑɹbəɹ/
    • Rhymes: -ɑː( ɹ )bə( ɹ )

    Noun

    harbour ( plural: harbours ) ( UK, Canada )

    1. ( obsolete, uncountable ) Shelter, refuge .
    2. A place of shelter or refuge .
      The neighbourhood is a well-known harbour for petty thieves .
    3. ( obsolete ) A house of the zodiac.
      • Late 14th century: To ech of hem his tyme and his seson, / As thyn herberwe chaungeth lowe or heighe — Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘The Franklin’s Tale’, Canterbury Tales
    4. A sheltered area for ships; a piece of water adjacent to land in which ships may stop to load and unload .
      The city has an excellent natural harbour .

    Verb

    harbour ( third-person singular simple present harbours present participle harbouring, simple past and past participle harboured )

    1. ( transitive ) To provide shelter or refuge for .
      The docks, which once harboured tall ships, now harbour only petty thieves .
    2. ( transitive ) To accept, as with a belief .
      That scientist harbours the belief that God created humans .

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Explanation of harbour by Wordnet Dictionary

harbour


    Verb
    1. maintain ( a theory, thoughts, or feelings )

    2. hold back a thought or feeling about

    3. keep in one's possession

    4. secretly shelter ( as of fugitives or criminals )

    Noun
    1. a place of refuge and comfort and security

    2. a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo