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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Protection or shelter, as from danger or hardship.
  • n. A place providing protection or shelter.
  • n. A source of help, relief, or comfort in times of trouble. See Synonyms at shelter.
  • transitive v. To give refuge to.
  • intransitive v. To take refuge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A state of safety, protection or shelter
  • n. A place providing safety, protection or shelter
  • n. Something or someone turned to for safety or assistance; a recourse or resort
  • v. To shelter; to protect.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Shelter or protection from danger or distress.
  • n. That which shelters or protects from danger, or from distress or calamity; a stronghold which protects by its strength, or a sanctuary which secures safety by its sacredness; a place inaccessible to an enemy.
  • n. An expedient to secure protection or defense; a device or contrivance.
  • transitive v. To shelter; to protect.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Shelter or protection from danger or distress.
  • n. That which shelters or protects from danger, distress, or calamity; a stronghold which protects by its strength, or a sanctuary which secures safety by its sacredness; any place where one is out of the way of a threatened danger or evil; specifically, an institution where the destitute or homeless find temporary shelter; an asylum.
  • n. An expedient to secure protection, defense, or excuse; a device; a contrivance; a shift; a resource.
  • n. Synonyms Safety, security.
  • n. Asylum, retreat, sanctuary, harbor, covert.
  • To shelter; protect; find refuge or excuse for.
  • To take shelter.
  • n. A dialectal form of refuse.
  • n. Same as isle of safety.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a safe place
  • n. act of turning to for assistance
  • n. something or someone turned to for assistance or security
  • n. a shelter from danger or hardship

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin refugium, from refugere, to run away : re-, re- + fugere, to flee.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French refuge. (Wiktionary)

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