- shelter or protection, as from the weather or danger
- any place, person, action, or thing that offers or appears to offer protection, help, or relief
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ref•uge /ˈrɛfyudʒ/USA pronunciation n.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- shelter or protection from danger, trouble, etc.:[uncountable]The high ground gave them refuge from the floodwaters.
- a place of shelter, protection, or safety:[countable]a refuge from the storm; a wildlife refuge.
ref•uge (ref′yo̅o̅j),USA pronunciation n., v., -uged, -ug•ing.
- shelter or protection from danger, trouble, etc.:to take refuge from a storm.
- a place of shelter, protection, or safety.
- anything to which one has recourse for aid, relief, or escape.
- [Archaic.]to afford refuge to.
- [Archaic.]to take refuge.
- Latin refugium, equivalent. to refug(ere) to turn and flee, run away (re- re- + fugere to flee; see fugitive) + -ium -ium
- Middle French
- Middle English 1350–1400
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged security, safety.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged asylum, retreat, sanctuary, haven, stronghold.
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refuge /ˈrɛfjuːdʒ/ n
'refuge' also found in these entries (note: many are not synonyms or translations):
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