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1. A sheltered part of a body of water deep enough to provide anchorage for ships.
2. A place of shelter; a refuge.
tr.v. har·bored, har·bor·ing, har·bors
1. To give shelter to: harbor refugees; harbor a fugitive.
2. To provide a place, home, or habitat for: a basement that harbors a maze of pipes; streams that harbor trout and bass.
3. To entertain or nourish (a specified thought or feeling): harbor a grudge.

[Middle English herberwe, probably from Old English herebeorg, lodging; see koro- in Indo-European roots.]

har′bor·er n.


(ˈhɑr bər)

1. a part of a body of water along the shore deep enough for anchoring a ship and so situated with respect to coastal features, as to provide protection from winds, waves, and currents.
2. such a body of water having docks or port facilities.
3. any place of shelter or refuge.
4. to give shelter to: to harbor refugees.
5. to conceal; hide: to harbor fugitives.
6. to keep or hold in the mind; maintain; entertain: to harbor suspicion.
7. to house or contain.
8. to shelter (a vessel), as in a harbor.
9. (of a vessel) to take shelter in a harbor.
Also, esp. Brit.,harbour.
[before 1150; Middle English herber(we),herberge, Old English herebeorg lodgings, quarters =here army + (ge)beorg refuge; c. Old Saxon, Old High German heriberga]
har′bor•er, n.
har′bor•less, adj.
har′bor•ous, adj.
syn: harbor, port, haven refer to a shelter for ships. A harbor is a natural or an artificially constructed shelter and anchorage for ships: a fine harbor on the eastern coast. A port is a harbor viewed esp. with reference to its commercial activities and facilities: a thriving port. haven is a literary word meaning refuge, although occasionally referring to a natural harbor that can be utilized by ships as a place of safety: to seek a haven in a storm. See also cherish.


- First meant "shelter" and "lodging," and that is how the word first entered English place-names, as a "place of shelter; refuge" for a crowd of people. A port is a haven for vessels and it is equipped for loading and unloading ships, while a harbor is a haven for vessels but does not necessarily have onshore facilities.
See also related terms for refuge.


A restricted body of water, an anchorage, or other limited coastal water area and its mineable water approaches, from which shipping operations are projected or supported. Generally, a harbor is part of a base, in which case the harbor defense force forms a component element of the base defense force established for the local defense of the base and its included harbor.


Past participle: harbored
Gerund: harboring

I harbor
you harbor
he/she/it harbors
we harbor
you harbor
they harbor
I harbored
you harbored
he/she/it harbored
we harbored
you harbored
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Present Continuous
I am harboring
you are harboring
he/she/it is harboring
we are harboring
you are harboring
they are harboring
Present Perfect
I have harbored
you have harbored
he/she/it has harbored
we have harbored
you have harbored
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Past Continuous
I was harboring
you were harboring
he/she/it was harboring
we were harboring
you were harboring
they were harboring
Past Perfect
I had harbored
you had harbored
he/she/it had harbored
we had harbored
you had harbored
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I will harbor
you will harbor
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we will harbor
you will harbor
they will harbor
Future Perfect
I will have harbored
you will have harbored
he/she/it will have harbored
we will have harbored
you will have harbored
they will have harbored
Future Continuous
I will be harboring
you will be harboring
he/she/it will be harboring
we will be harboring
you will be harboring
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been harboring
you have been harboring
he/she/it has been harboring
we have been harboring
you have been harboring
they have been harboring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been harboring
you will have been harboring
he/she/it will have been harboring
we will have been harboring
you will have been harboring
they will have been harboring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been harboring
you had been harboring
he/she/it had been harboring
we had been harboring
you had been harboring
they had been harboring
I would harbor
you would harbor
he/she/it would harbor
we would harbor
you would harbor
they would harbor
Past Conditional
I would have harbored
you would have harbored
he/she/it would have harbored
we would have harbored
you would have harbored
they would have harbored
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.harbor - a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargoharbor - a sheltered port where ships can take on or discharge cargo
docking facility, dockage, dock - landing in a harbor next to a pier where ships are loaded and unloaded or repaired; may have gates to let water in or out; "the ship arrived at the dock more than a day late"
landing place, landing - structure providing a place where boats can land people or goods
seafront - the waterfront of a seaside town
port - a place (seaport or airport) where people and merchandise can enter or leave a country
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
anchorage ground, anchorage - place for vessels to anchor
2.harbor - a place of refuge and comfort and security
asylum, sanctuary, refuge - a shelter from danger or hardship
Verb1.harbor - maintain (a theory, thoughts, or feelings); "bear a grudge"; "entertain interesting notions"; "harbor a resentment"
feel, experience - undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind; "She felt resentful"; "He felt regret"
2.harbor - secretly shelter (as of fugitives or criminals)
shelter - provide shelter for; "After the earthquake, the government could not provide shelter for the thousands of homeless people"
3.harbor - keep in one's possession; of animals
keep, hold on - retain possession of; "Can I keep my old stuffed animals?"; "She kept her maiden name after she married"
4.harbor - hold back a thought or feeling about; "She is harboring a grudge against him"
conceal, hide - prevent from being seen or discovered; "Muslim women hide their faces"; "hide the money"


Something that physically protects, especially from danger:
1. To give refuge to:
2. To provide with often temporary lodging:
3. To hold and turn over in the mind:
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(American) harbor (ˈhaːbə) noun
a place of shelter for ships. All the ships stayed in (the) harbour during the storm.
1. to give shelter or refuge to (a person). It is against the law to harbour criminals.
2. to have (usually bad) thoughts in one's head. He harbours a grudge against me.
ˈharbour-master noun
the official in charge of a harbour.


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With a blissful sense of burdens lifted off, Meg and Jo closed their weary eyes, and lay at rest, like storm-beaten boats safe at anchor in a quiet harbor.
This is a town of about three thousand inhabitants, with an excellent harbor and a big pier along which vessels can tie up and discharge their cargoes directly into waiting cars.
She had all her life long been accustomed to harbor thoughts and emotions which never voiced themselves.
Yes," said Hawkeye, rousing himself again; "'tis as you say, too late to harbor further thoughts about it.
This being, made only for happiness, and heretofore so miserably failing to be happy,--his tendencies so hideously thwarted, that, some unknown time ago, the delicate springs of his character, never morally or intellectually strong, had given way, and he was now imbecile,--this poor, forlorn voyager from the Islands of the Blest, in a frail bark, on a tempestuous sea, had been flung, by the last mountain-wave of his shipwreck, into a quiet harbor.
They are like those little nooks of still water, which border a rapid stream, where we may see the straw and bubble riding quietly at anchor, or slowly revolving in their mimic harbor, undisturbed by the rush of the passing current.
A Sag Harbor ship visited his father's bay, and Queequeg sought a passage to Christian lands.
In the barroom he found assembled quite a miscellaneous company, whom stress of weather had driven to harbor, and the place presented the usual scenery of such reunions.
When you consider how much that amount of money would buy, in that age and country, and how usual it was to be scrofulous, when not dead, you would understand that the annual king's-evil appropriation was just the River and Harbor bill of that government for the grip it took on the treasury and the chance it afforded for skinning the surplus.
I had not enjoyed a pleasure abroad which seemed to me to compare with the pleasure I felt in seeing New York harbor again.
All of a sudden he heaves all the tea in Boston Harbor overboard, and whacks out a declaration of independence, and dares them to come on.
So soon does the soul outgrow its mansions that after once seeing Milltown her fancy ran out to the future sight of Portland; for that, having islands and a harbor and two public monuments, must be far more beautiful than Milltown, which would, she felt, take its proud place among the cities of the earth, by reason of its tremendous business activity rather than by any irresistible appeal to the imagination.