There are 2 definitions of shelve in English:

shelve1

Syllabification: shelve
Pronunciation: /SHelv
 
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verb

[with object]
1Place or arrange (items, especially books) on a shelf.
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  • I have a vague memory of the books being shelved under ‘C’ in the library when I were a lass.
  • One of the elderly librarians, who was shelving books nearby, scowled at us.
  • I have shelved the book once more in anger and it will remain until the next time I forget the cold harsh reality of cook books and their evil ways.
2Decide not to proceed with (a project or plan), either temporarily or permanently: plans to reopen the school have been shelved
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  • The council had decided to temporarily shelve the proposal to standardise the sales illustrations of life insurers.
  • The plan was temporarily shelved due to capital starvation and a shortage of technology, as well as a lack of talent to carry out the project.
  • The water authority has temporarily shelved the plans because of local hostility.
Synonyms
postpone, put off, delay, defer, put back, reschedule, hold over/off, put to one side, suspend, stay, keep in abeyance, mothball; abandon, drop, give up, stop, cancel, jettison, ax, put over, table, take a rain check on
informal put on ice, put on the back burner, put in cold storage, ditch, dump, junk
3Fit with shelves: one whole long wall was shelved
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  • The walls were shelved all the way down, with the exception of the bathroom door.

Origin

late 16th century (in the sense 'project like a shelf' (Shakespearean usage)): from shelves, plural of shelf1.

Derivatives

shelver

noun
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  • But the most important job lesson came from observing what we shelvers called the ‘lifers’: the full-time, professional librarians, and the amazing bitterness some of them exhibited.
  • But having once been hired as a shelver and fired for incompetence a few hours later, I can attest that library work is larger than it appears in the side mirror.
  • And several times the shelvers came up to me and smiled and thanked me.

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There are 2 definitions of shelve in English:

shelve2

Syllabification: shelve
Pronunciation: /SHelv
 
/

verb

[no object]
(Of ground) slope downward in a specified manner or direction: the ground shelved gently down to the water
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  • From where I stood, the beach shelved steeply into a channel, perhaps chest deep and a long fly cast in width to the edge of the coral, where it rose to no more than my thigh.
  • Under water, the shingle beach shelves down to rows of small rocks and kelp beneath the low-water mark.
  • White sands shelve steeply down into clear blue-green water.

Origin

late Middle English: origin uncertain; perhaps from shelf1.

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Pronunciation: ɪˈpɪlɪən
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a narrative poem resembling an epic in style...