- a sheltered port
- a place of refuge or safety
- (transitive) to give shelter to: to harbour a criminal
- (transitive) to maintain secretly: to harbour a grudge
- to shelter (a vessel) in a harbour or (of a vessel) to seek shelter
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har•bour (här′bər),WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
n., v.t., v.i. [Chiefly Brit.]
har•bor /ˈhɑrbɚ/USA pronunciation n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
v. [~ + object]
hide:to harbor fugitives.
entertain:to harbor suspicion.
Etymology:bef. 1150;har′bor•er, n.
Middle English herber(we), herberge, Old English herebeorg lodgings, quarters (here army + (ge)beorg refuge);
cognate with German Herberge
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.
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harbour, US harbor /ˈhɑːbə/ n
'harbour' also found in these entries:
Ashdod - Aulis - bar - Barrow - boom - breakwater - Cam Ranh - Decatur - El Ferrol - fairway - Fort Sumter - Golden Horn - Gosport - h. - Hampton - harbour master - haven - Hobart - jetty - Lee - lighthouse - Mackay - Manila Bay - Manukau - mole - Narbonne - New York Bay - nun buoy - nurse - opportune - Oran - Poole - port - Port Jackson - Port Nicholson - port of entry - Port Phillip Bay - Port Royal - seaport - stand out - Takoradi - waterfront - Wellington - wharf
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