harbor

[hahr-ber]
noun
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.
verb (used with object)
4.
to give shelter to; offer refuge to: They harbored the refugees who streamed across the borders.
5.
to conceal; hide: to harbor fugitives.
6.
to keep or hold in the mind; maintain; entertain: to harbor suspicion.
7.
to house or contain.
8.
to shelter (a vessel), as in a harbor.
verb (used without object)
9.
(of a vessel) to take shelter in a harbor.
Also, especially British, harbour.


Origin:
before 1150; Middle English herber(we), herberge, Old English herebeorg lodgings, quarters (here army + (ge)beorg refuge); cognate with German Herberge

harborer, noun
harborless, adjective
harborous, adjective
unharbored, adjective

dock, harbor, pier, wharf (see synonym study at the current entry).


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 especially 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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harbor
c.1150, from O.E. herebeorg, from here "army, host" (see harry) + beorg "refuge, shelter" (related to beorgan "save, preserve"); perhaps modeled on O.N. herbergi, from P.Gmc. *kharjaz + *berg-. Sense shifted in M.E. to "refuge, lodgings," then to "place of shelter for ships."
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Example sentences
She was also known to be a chronic malcontent who harbored ill will toward
  campus administrators.
And the madness which he harbored, he did not share.
At some point in your life, you've had ill will harbored against you.
Harmless notes, at face value, but they harbored a secret menace.
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