V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, verb

Definition: (n.) 1. a safe, protected area; 2. a port for ships; (v.) 1. to provide shelter to a person or to a ship; 2. to hold in or think privately about

Synonyms: (n.) port, refuge, shelter, sanctuary, haven, anchorage, marina, (v.) shelter, hold, protect

Antonyms: expose

Tips: Harbor has a Germanic root and is related to an Old English word for "lodging." If you are harboring something, you are lodging or holding something. Harbor is a great way of talking about holding in a secret or feeling.

Usage Examples:

The ships in the harbor were not affected by the stormy waves further out to sea. (port, anchorage) noun

I hope John harbors no anger against me for my long delay in responding to his letter. (holds, thinks about) verb

I could tell that all of the ladies harbored a little animosity toward the prettiest girl at the party. (held) verb

The famous general remains non-committal about any political ambitions he may harbor. (keep, hold) verb

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