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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.
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(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.
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- 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.
Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.


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.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.


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
they harbored
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
they have harbored
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
they had harbored
I will harbor
you will harbor
he/she/it will harbor
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
they will be harboring
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
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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"
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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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bến cảng


(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.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


مِينَاء přístav havn Hafen λιμάνι puerto satama port luka porto 항구 haven havn port porto гавань hamn ท่าเรือ liman bến cảng 海港
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References in classic literature ?
Her new home could not yet be seen; but before her lay Four Winds Harbor like a great, shining mirror of rose and silver.
They had not met anybody on the moist, red road that wound along the harbor shore.
"Probably she's some visitor in Four Winds--likely some one from that big summer hotel over the harbor."
Here it was that the Ithaca came to anchor in a little harbor, while her crew under von Horn, and the Malay first mate, Bududreen, accompanied Professor Maxon in search of a suitable location for a permanent camp.
As she sat speculating on the strange change which had come over her father her eyes had wandered aimlessly along the harbor's entrance; the low reef that protected it from the sea, and the point of land to the south, that projected far out into the strait like a gigantic index finger pointing toward the mainland, the foliage covered heights of which were just visible above the western horizon.
When it had come to within half a mile of the anchorage of the Ithaca, and was about to enter the mouth of the harbor Sing Lee's eyes chanced to fall upon it.
They told us the ship had been lying at anchor in the harbor two or three hours.
Such another system of overhauling, general littering of cabins and packing of trunks we had not seen since we let go the anchor in the harbor of Beirout.
At last, one pleasant morning, we steamed up the harbor of New York, all on deck, all dressed in Christian garb--by special order, for there was a latent disposition in some quarters to come out as Turks--and amid a waving of handkerchiefs from welcoming friends, the glad pilgrims noted the shiver of the decks that told that ship and pier had joined hands again and the long, strange cruise was over.
The whole French court ran to the harbor, while the quays and jetties were soon covered by crowds of people.
About three o'clock in the afternoon they came about off a beautiful wooded shore opposite the mouth of what appeared to be a land-locked harbor.
Before dark the barkentine lay peacefully at anchor upon the bosom of the still, mirror-like surface of the harbor.