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Definition of "harbor" []

  • A sheltered part of a body of water deep enough to provide anchorage for ships. (noun)
  • A place of shelter; a refuge. (noun)
  • To give shelter to: harbor refugees; harbor a fugitive. (verb-transitive)
  • To provide a place, home, or habitat for: a basement that harbors a maze of pipes; streams that harbor trout and bass. (verb-transitive)
  • To entertain or nourish (a specified thought or feeling): harbor a grudge. (verb-transitive)

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 "harbor" in a sentence
  • "Whether he could sail the ship into the harbor is a totally different matter, and would probably require more Viagra and heart medication."
  • "The most outstanding thing you see in the harbor is a large number of abandoned fishing boats left to rot."
  • "The waters of the Chesapeake Bay, of which the harbor is an inlet, have enough exchange with the Atlantic that he can find a phage for almost any species of bacteria, he says."