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Synonyms of 'shelter'

(noun) 
Definition
something that provides cover or protection from weather or danger
a bus shelter
Synonyms
cover
Put a polythene cover over it to protect it from dust.
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screen
They put a screen in front of me.
, ,
shiel (Scottish)
(noun) 
Definition
the protection given by such a cover
the hut where they were given food and shelter
Synonyms
protection
Innocence is no protection from the evils in our society.
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safety
the safety of your own home
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refuge
They took refuge in a bomb shelter.
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cover
There were barren wastes of field with no trees and no cover.
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security
He could not remain long in a place of security.
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defence
The land was flat, giving no scope for defence.
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safeguarding
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roof over your head
(noun) 
Definition
something that provides cover or protection from weather or danger
a shelter for homeless women
Synonyms
refuge
We climbed up a winding track towards a mountain refuge.
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haven
a real haven at the end of a busy working day
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sanctuary
Some of them have sought sanctuary in the church.
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retreat
He spent yesterday in his country retreat.
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asylum
They applied for asylum after fleeing their home country.
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safe haven
a safe haven for terrorists
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safe house
(verb) 
Definition
to provide with a place to live or a hiding place
a man sheltering in a doorway
Synonyms
take shelter
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hide
The compound was hidden by trees and shrubs.
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seek refuge
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take cover
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seek protection
(verb) 
Definition
to provide with a place to live or a hiding place
A neighbour sheltered the boy for seven days.
Synonyms
protect
He vowed to protect them.
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shield
He shielded his head from the sun with an old sack.
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harbour
harbouring terrorist suspects
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safeguard
international action to safeguard the ozone layer
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cover
You make a run for it and I'll cover you.
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save
She could have saved him from this final disaster.
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guard
Sentries guarded the entrance to the building.
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defend
They defended themselves against some thugs.
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take in
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keep safe
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keep from harm
Opposites
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leave open
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lay open
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make vulnerable

Additional synonyms

in the sense of asylum
Definition
refuge granted to a political refugee from a foreign country
They applied for asylum after fleeing their home country.
in the sense of defence
Definition
something that provides such resistance
The land was flat, giving no scope for defence.
in the sense of defend
Definition
to protect from harm or danger
They defended themselves against some thugs.
Synonyms
look after,
ward off,
watch over,
stick up for (informal),
keep safe,
give sanctuary

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