haven

[hey-vuhn]
noun
1.
a harbor or port.
2.
any place of shelter and safety; refuge; asylum.
verb (used with object)
3.
to shelter, as in a haven.

Origin:
before 1050; Middle English; Old English hæfen; cognate with Dutch haven, German Hafen, Old Norse hǫfn; akin to Old English hæf, Old Norse haf sea

havenless, adjective
havenward, adverb


1. See harbor.
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haven (ˈheɪvən)
 
n
1.  a port, harbour, or other sheltered place for shipping
2.  a place of safety or sanctuary; shelter
 
vb
3.  (tr) to secure or shelter in or as if in a haven
 
[Old English hæfen, from Old Norse höfn; related to Middle Dutch havene, Old Irish cuan to bend]
 
'havenless
 
adj

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haven
O.E. hæfen, from O.N. hofn, from P.Gmc. *khafnaz (cf. M.L.G. havene, Ger. Hafen), perhaps from PIE *kap- "to seize, hold contain" (see have), but cf. also O.N. haf, O.E. hæf "sea." Figurative sense of "refuge," now practically the only sense, is early 13c.
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Haven definition


a harbour (Ps. 107:30; Acts 27: 12). The most famous on the coast of Palestine was that of Tyre (Ezek. 27:3). That of Crete, called "Fair Havens," is mentioned Acts 27:8.

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Example sentences
The garden is "our little haven," Lovegrove says.
Germany was until not long ago a haven for laundering money.
The rich river basin is a haven for reptiles and amphibians.
The prairie pothole region is a migratory corridor and a haven for rare plants.
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