Harbor meaning

Harbor meaning A harbor is a safe place providing refuge and comfort. If you’re traveling, the harbor provided by a warm hotel is welcome. For ships, a harbor is a sheltered port area shielded from waves, where it’s safe to dock.

Harbor can also be used as a verb, which describes maintaining a belief or a feeling. If you harbor ill-will toward your neighbor John, you don’t like him much. Harbor can also mean you hold back your ideas and don’t express them openly. John may have no idea you hate him if you harbor your true feelings deep inside, but pretend you like him to his face.

Definitions of harbor
  1. noun

    a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo

    synonyms:
    harbour, haven, seaport

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    examples:

    Caesarea

    an ancient seaport in northwestern Israel; an important Roman city in ancient Palestine
    Pearl Harbor

    a harbor on Oahu to the west of Honolulu; location of a United States naval base that was attacked by the Japanese on 7 Dec 1941
    Boston Harbor

    the seaport at Boston

    types:

    coaling station

    a seaport where ships can take on supplies of coal
    port of call

    any port where a ship stops except its home port

    type of:

    port

    a place (seaport or airport) where people and merchandise can enter or leave a country
  2. noun

    a place of refuge and comfort and security

    synonyms:
    harbour

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    type of:

    asylum, refuge, sanctuary

    a shelter from danger or hardship
  3. verb

    secretly shelter (as of fugitives or criminals)

    synonyms:
    harbour

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    type of:

    shelter

    provide shelter for
  4. verb

    keep in one’s possession; of animals

    synonyms:
    harbour

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    type of:

    hold on, keep

    retain possession of
  5. verb

    maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings)

    harbor a resentment”

    synonyms:
    entertain, harbour, hold, nurse

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    type of:

    experience, feel

    undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
  6. verb

    hold back a thought or feeling about

    “She is
    harboring a grudge against him”

    synonyms:
    harbour, shield

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    type of:

    conceal, hide

    prevent from being seen or discovered
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