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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
har•bor /ˈhɑrbɚ/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a body of water deep enough for anchoring a ship and providing protection from the weather.
  2. any place of shelter or safety.

v. [+ object]
  1. to give shelter to:to harbor refugees.
  2. to conceal;
    hide:to harbor fugitives.
  3. to keep or hold in the mind;
    entertain:harbored suspicions.
Also,[esp. Brit.,] ˈhar•bour. 
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
har•bor  (härbər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a part of a body of water along the shore deep enough for anchoring a ship and so situated with respect to coastal features, whether natural or artificial, as to provide protection from winds, waves, and currents.
  2. such a body of water having docks or port facilities.
  3. any place of shelter or refuge:The old inn was a harbor for tired travelers.

  1. to give shelter to;
    offer refuge to:They harbored the refugees who streamed across the borders.
  2. to conceal;
    hide:to harbor fugitives.
  3. to keep or hold in the mind;
    entertain:to harbor suspicion.
  4. to house or contain.
  5. Nautical, Naval Termsto shelter (a vessel), as in a harbor.

  1. Nautical, Naval Terms(of a vessel) to take shelter in a harbor.
Also,[esp. Brit.,] harbour.  harbor•er, n. 
harbor•less, adj. 
harbor•ous, adj. 
  • bef. 1150; Middle English herber(we), herberge, Old English herebeorg lodgings, quarters (here army + (ge)beorg refuge); cognate with German Herberge
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Harbor, haven, port indicate a shelter for ships. A
      harbor may be natural or artificially constructed or improved:a fine harbor on the eastern coast.A
      haven is usually a natural harbor that can be utilized by ships as a place of safety;
      the word is common in literary use:a haven in time of storm; a haven of refuge.A
      port is a
      harbor viewed esp. in its commercial relations, though it is frequently applied in the meaning of
      harbor or
      haven also:a thriving port; any old port in a storm.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged asylum, sanctuary, retreat.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged protect, lodge.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  cherish. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
har•bour  (härbər),USA pronunciation n., v.t., v.i. [Chiefly Brit.]
  1. British Terms, Pronounsharbor.
    See  -or 1.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

harbour, US harbor /ˈhɑːbə/ n
  1. a sheltered port
  2. a place of refuge or safety
  1. (transitive) to give shelter to: to harbour a criminal
  2. (transitive) to maintain secretly: to harbour a grudge
  3. to shelter (a vessel) in a harbour or (of a vessel) to seek shelter
Etymology: Old English herebeorg, from here troop, army + beorg shelter; related to Old High German heriberga hostelry, Old Norse herbergi

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