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Definition of "shelve" [shelve]

  • To place or arrange on a shelf. (verb-transitive)
  • To put away as though on a shelf; put aside: "As usual, Dixon shelved this question” ( Kingsley Amis). See Synonyms at defer1. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to retire from service; dismiss. (verb-transitive)
  • To furnish or outfit with shelves. (verb-transitive)
  • To slope gradually; incline. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "shelve" in a sentence
  • "The grey box on the left corner shelve is her Koli masala box."
  • "TFS has a single command called shelve that copies changes to the server with a specified name."
  • "Often enough, when major labels shelve debut albums or drop acts, it's no great cause for tears (except, of course, for the discarded artists)."