1 [shelv]
verb (used with object), shelved, shelving.
to place (something) on a shelf or shelves.
to put off or aside from consideration: to shelve the question.
to remove from active use or service; dismiss.
to furnish with shelves.

1585–95; v. use of shelve(s)

shelver, noun

2. defer, table, pigeonhole. Unabridged


2 [shelv]
verb (used without object), shelved, shelving.
to slope gradually.

1580–90; origin uncertain; compare Frisian skelf not quite level Unabridged
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shelve1 (ʃɛlv)
1.  to place on a shelf
2.  to provide with shelves
3.  to put aside or postpone from consideration
4.  to dismiss or cause to retire
[C16: from shelves, plural of shelf]

shelve2 (ʃɛlv)
(intr) to slope away gradually; incline
[C16: origin uncertain]

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Word Origin & History

1591, "to overhang," back formation from shelves, plural of shelf. Meaning "put on a shelf" first recorded 1655; metaphoric sense of "lay aside, dismiss" is from 1812. Meaning "to slope gradually" (1614) is from M.E. shelven "to slope," from shelfe "grassy slope," related to shelf.
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Example sentences
But let's shelve the politics and look at the policy for a second.
The book owner wants to give, share and shelve books.
But a shattered elbow will likely shelve him for the season.
Buildings simply are too small to shelve every book acquired in the past in
  addition to new publications.
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