Definition of haven in English:

haven

Syllabification: ha·ven
Pronunciation: /ˈhāvən
 
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noun

1A place of safety or refuge: a haven for wildlife
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  • About a third of these partnerships are registered in the Cayman Islands or other secrecy havens, which may make it impossible to unravel the worst corporate collapse in American history.
  • The chatrooms were the havens of the anonymous.
  • You have criticized the greedy capitalists for breaking unions, leveling entire industries, and throwing men out of work to shift jobs to cheap labor havens.
Synonyms
refuge, retreat, shelter, sanctuary, asylum; port in a storm, oasis, sanctum
1.1An inlet providing shelter for ships or boats; a harbor or small port.
More example sentences
  • This dominion not only extends over the open seas, but also over all creeks, arms of the sea, havens, ports, and tide-rivers, as far as the reach of the tide, around the coasts of the kingdom.
  • I can see a lot more vessels taking advantage of this natural boat haven over the winter.
  • The majority of vessels were sloops and schooners of 50-100 tons, ideal for working cargoes from the shallow and confined havens of north Northumberland.
Synonyms
anchorage, harbor, harborage, port, moorage, mooring; cove, inlet, bay

Origin

late Old English hæfen, from Old Norse hǫfn; related to Dutch haven, German Hafen 'harbor'.

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