harbour

 /ˈhɑːbə/

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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
har•bour  (härbər), 
n., v.t., v.i. [Chiefly Brit.]
  1. British Terms, Pronounsharbor.
See -or 1.
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
har•bor /ˈhɑrbɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a body of water deep enough for anchoring a ship and providing protection from the weather.
  2. any place of shelter or safety.

v. [+ object]
  1. to give shelter to:to harbor refugees.
  2. to conceal; hide:to harbor fugitives.
  3. to keep or hold in the mind;
    entertain:harbored suspicions.
Also,[esp. Brit.,]ˈhar•bour. 
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
har•bor  (härbər), 
n. 
  1. a part of a body of water along the shore deep enough for anchoring a ship and so situated with respect to coastal features, whether natural or artificial, as to provide protection from winds, waves, and currents.
  2. such a body of water having docks or port facilities.
  3. any place of shelter or refuge:The old inn was a harbor for tired travelers.

v.t. 
  1. to give shelter to; offer refuge to:They harbored the refugees who streamed across the borders.
  2. to conceal;
    hide:to harbor fugitives.
  3. to keep or hold in the mind; maintain;
    entertain:to harbor suspicion.
  4. to house or contain.
  5. Nautical, Naval Termsto shelter (a vessel), as in a harbor.

v.i. 
  1. Nautical, Naval Terms(of a vessel) to take shelter in a harbor.
Also,[esp. Brit.,]harbour. 
Etymology:bef. 1150;
Middle English herber(we), herberge, Old English herebeorg lodgings, quarters (here army + (ge)beorg refuge);
cognate with German Herberge
harbor•er, n. 
harbor•less, adj. 
harbor•ous, adj. 
1 . Harbor, haven, port indicate a shelter for ships. A harbor may be natural or artificially constructed or improved:a fine harbor on the eastern coast.A haven is usually a natural harbor that can be utilized by ships as a place of safety; the word is common in literary use:a haven in time of storm;
a haven of refuge.
A port is a harbor viewed esp. in its commercial relations, though it is frequently applied in the meaning of harbor or haven also:a thriving port; any old port in a storm. 3 . asylum, sanctuary, retreat. 4 . protect, lodge. 6 . See cherish. 


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

harbour, US harbor /ˈhɑːbə/ n
  1. a sheltered port
  2. a place of refuge or safety
vb
  1. (transitive) to give shelter to: to harbour a criminal
  2. (transitive) to maintain secretly: to harbour a grudge
  3. to shelter (a vessel) in a harbour or (of a vessel) to seek shelter
Etymology: Old English herebeorg, from here troop, army + beorg shelter; related to Old High German heriberga hostelry, Old Norse herbergi



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