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shelve

 (shĕlv)
v. shelved, shelv·ing, shelves
v.tr.
1. To place or arrange on a shelf: shelved the products in the grocery store.
2. To put aside as though on a shelf: "As usual, Dixon shelved this question" (Kingsley Amis). See Synonyms at defer1.
3. To cause to retire from service; dismiss: workers who were shelved during the recession.
4. To furnish or outfit with shelves.
v.intr.
To slope gradually; incline: "the hardpan that shelved down to the desert" (Stephen King).

[From shelf (on the model of such pairs as calf, calve).]

shelv′er n.

shelve

(ʃɛlv)
vb (tr)
1. to place on a shelf
2. to provide with shelves
3. to put aside or postpone from consideration
4. to dismiss or cause to retire
[C16: from shelves, plural of shelf]
ˈshelver n

shelve

(ʃɛlv)
vb
(intr) to slope away gradually; incline
[C16: origin uncertain]

shelve1

(ʃɛlv)

v.t. shelved, shelv•ing.
1. to place on a shelf.
2. to put off or aside; defer.
3. to dismiss.
4. to furnish with shelves.
[1585–95; v. use of shelve (s)]

shelve2

(ʃɛlv)

v.i. shelved, shelv•ing.
to slope gradually.

shelve


Past participle: shelved
Gerund: shelving

Imperative
shelve
shelve
Present
I shelve
you shelve
he/she/it shelves
we shelve
you shelve
they shelve
Preterite
I shelved
you shelved
he/she/it shelved
we shelved
you shelved
they shelved
Present Continuous
I am shelving
you are shelving
he/she/it is shelving
we are shelving
you are shelving
they are shelving
Present Perfect
I have shelved
you have shelved
he/she/it has shelved
we have shelved
you have shelved
they have shelved
Past Continuous
I was shelving
you were shelving
he/she/it was shelving
we were shelving
you were shelving
they were shelving
Past Perfect
I had shelved
you had shelved
he/she/it had shelved
we had shelved
you had shelved
they had shelved
Future
I will shelve
you will shelve
he/she/it will shelve
we will shelve
you will shelve
they will shelve
Future Perfect
I will have shelved
you will have shelved
he/she/it will have shelved
we will have shelved
you will have shelved
they will have shelved
Future Continuous
I will be shelving
you will be shelving
he/she/it will be shelving
we will be shelving
you will be shelving
they will be shelving
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been shelving
you have been shelving
he/she/it has been shelving
we have been shelving
you have been shelving
they have been shelving
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been shelving
you will have been shelving
he/she/it will have been shelving
we will have been shelving
you will have been shelving
they will have been shelving
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been shelving
you had been shelving
he/she/it had been shelving
we had been shelving
you had been shelving
they had been shelving
Conditional
I would shelve
you would shelve
he/she/it would shelve
we would shelve
you would shelve
they would shelve
Past Conditional
I would have shelved
you would have shelved
he/she/it would have shelved
we would have shelved
you would have shelved
they would have shelved
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.shelve - hold back to a later time; "let's postpone the exam"
delay - act later than planned, scheduled, or required; "Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"
call - stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather; "call a football game"
hold - stop dealing with; "hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting"
suspend - render temporarily ineffective; "the prison sentence was suspended"
probate - put a convicted person on probation by suspending his sentence
reprieve, respite - postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution
2.shelve - place on a shelf; "shelve books"
lay, place, put, set, position, pose - put into a certain place or abstract location; "Put your things here"; "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"; "Place emphasis on a certain point"

shelve

verb
1. postpone, put off, defer, table (U.S.), dismiss, freeze, suspend, put aside, hold over, mothball, pigeonhole, lay aside, put on ice, put on the back burner (informal), hold in abeyance, take a rain check on (U.S. & Canad. informal) Sadly, the project has now been shelved.
2. fall, drop, plunge, descend, plummet The shoreline shelves away steeply.

shelve

verb
To put off until a later time:
Informal: wait.
Idiom: put on ice.
Translations
يَضَعُ رُفوفايَضَعُ على الرَّف، يَضَعُ جانِبايَنْحَدِر
odložitopatřit poličkamisvažovat se
lægge på hyldenskråne
polcokkal ellát
hallastleggja til hliîar/á hillunasetja upp hillur
vybaviť poličkami
skrinlägga
eğimli olmakiçine raf yapmakrafa kaldırmak

shelve

[ʃelv]
A. VT (= postpone) → dar carpetazo a
B. VI (= slope away) → formar declive

shelve

[ˈʃɛlv]
vt [+ plan, project] → mettre en suspens, mettre en sommeil
vi (= slope downwards) → descendre

shelve

vi (= slope)abfallen
vt
roommit Regalen versehen, Regale einbauen in (+acc)
problemaufschieben; plan, projectad acta legen

shelve

[ʃɛlv] vt (fig) (postpone) → accantonare

shelf

(ʃelf) plural shelves (ʃelvz) noun
1. a board for laying things on. There are shelves on the kitchen walls.
2. a rock surface shaped like a shelf, especially on a mountain or under water.
shelve (ʃelv) verb
1. to put aside, usually for consideration, completion etc later. The project has been shelved for the moment.
2. to put up shelves in.
3. (of land) to slope gradually. The land shelves towards the sea.
on the shelf
(of an unmarried woman) no longer likely to attract a man enough for him to want to marry her.
References in classic literature ?
That piece of insolence may think, now, that it would be a great success to get her son off upon me, and shelve me.
Thud, thud, we could hear the impact of their great heads, and their bellowing shook the pans on the kitchen shelves.
Ever since the old gentleman retired from trade, and fell asleep under his coffin-lid, not only the shop-door, but the inner arrangements, had been suffered to remain unchanged; while the dust of ages gathered inch-deep over the shelves and counter, and partly filled an old pair of scales, as if it were of value enough to be weighed.
All that was most sugared and musical and generally delusive in the old library of her fathers had been brought out to this little woodland library, and to that nucleus of old leather-bound poets and romancers, long since dead, yet as alive and singing on their shelves as any bird on the sunny boughs outside, my young lady's private purse had added all that was most sugared and musical and generally delusive in the vellum bound Japanese-paper literature of our own luxurious day.
She took down a jar from one of the shelves as she passed; it was labelled `ORANGE MARMALADE', but to her great disappointment it was empty: she did not like to drop the jar for fear of killing somebody, so managed to put it into one of the cupboards as she fell past it.
High oaken sideboards, inlaid with ebony, stood at the two extremities of the room, and upon their shelves glittered china, porcelain, and glass of inestimable value.
Then a hall, which led to the study, where books and papers were piled on the shelves of a book-case that enclosed three quarters of the big black desk.
She had even condescended to advise him to marry as soon as he could, provided he chose with discretion; and had once paid him a visit in his humble parsonage, where she had perfectly approved all the alterations he had been making, and had even vouchsafed to suggest some herself-- some shelves in the closet upstairs.
The rock sweeps like mason-work, in a half-round, on both sides of the fall, and shelves over the bottom for fifty feet; so that when I’ve been sitting at the foot of the first pitch, and my hounds have run into the caverns behind the sheet of water, they’ve looked no bigger than so many rabbits.
To my amazement I found the sides of the pit, that I had thought smooth, lined with shelves, upon which were the most delicious viands and liquid refreshments that Okar afforded.
The building of a bed, chairs, table, and shelves was a relatively easy matter, so that by the end of the second month they were well settled, and, but for the constant dread of attack by wild beasts and the ever growing loneliness, they were not uncomfortable or unhappy.
Still it was all held, and shut with glass doors, in a case of very few shelves.