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v. shelved, shelv·ing, shelves
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.
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).]
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