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shelve1

[shelv] /ʃɛlv/
verb (used with object), shelved, shelving.
1.
to place (something) on a shelf or shelves.
2.
to put off or aside from consideration:
to shelve the question.
3.
to remove from active use or service; dismiss.
4.
to furnish with shelves.
Origin of shelve1
1585-1595
1585-95; v. use of shelve(s)
Related forms
shelver, noun
Synonyms
2. defer, table, pigeonhole.

shelve2

[shelv] /ʃɛlv/
verb (used without object), shelved, shelving.
1.
to slope gradually.
Origin
1580-90; origin uncertain; compare Frisian skelf not quite level
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  • Mrs. Taine, Louise, and Jim tried to shelve me--but I fooled 'em.

    The Eyes of the World Harold Bell Wright
  • We'll shelve that part of the information bureau and work on other lines.

    A Patriotic Schoolgirl Angela Brazil
  • Many seem to regard further discussion as profitless, and are ready to shelve the subject.

  • Believe me, they aren't going to shelve me just because one finger's gone!

  • In libraries that can afford to shelve newspapers on patent shelving with rollers, cloth sides are preferable.

    Library Bookbinding Arthur Low Bailey
  • But here he could see that the top of the bluff really did shelve over.

    The Magnetic North Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
British Dictionary definitions for shelve

shelve1

/ʃɛlv/
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
shelver, noun
Word Origin
C16: from shelves, plural of shelf

shelve2

/ʃɛlv/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to slope away gradually; incline
Word Origin
C16: origin uncertain
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Word Origin and History for shelve
v.

1590s, "to overhang," also "to provide with shelves," probably a back-formation from shelves, plural of shelf (n.1). Meaning "put on a shelf" first recorded 1650s; metaphoric sense of "lay aside, dismiss" is from 1812. Related: Shelved; shelving.

"to slope gradually," 1610s, from Middle English shelven "to slope," from shelfe "grassy slope," a word related to shelf (n.1). Related: Shelved; shelving.

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