shelter or protection from danger, trouble, etc.: to take refuge from a storm.
a place of shelter, protection, or safety.
anything to which one has recourse for aid, relief, or escape.
verb (used with object), refuged, refuging.
Archaic. to afford refuge to.
verb (used without object), refuged, refuging.
Archaic. to take refuge.

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin refugium, equivalent to refug(ere) to turn and flee, run away (re- re- + fugere to flee; see fugitive) + -ium -ium

1. security, safety. 2. asylum, retreat, sanctuary, haven, stronghold. Unabridged
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refuge (ˈrɛfjuːdʒ)
1.  shelter or protection, as from the weather or danger
2.  any place, person, action, or thing that offers or appears to offer protection, help, or relief: accused of incompetence, he took refuge in lying
3.  another name for traffic island
4.  archaic to take refuge or give refuge to
[C14: via Old French from Latin refugium, from refugere to flee away, from re- + fugere to escape]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. refuge, from L. refugium "a taking refuge, place to flee back to," from re- "back" + fugere "to flee" (see fugitive) + -ium "place for."
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Example sentences
Science was his refuge, a place of order and stability that could not fail him.
For some it's a refuge, for some a shady place to fall down.
Contact the refuge for specific seasonal volunteer needs.
Bald eagles and other raptors also live on the refuge.
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