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harbour (plural harbours)

  1. (British spelling) Standard spelling of harbor.
    • 1961 August, “New traffic flows in South Wales”, in Trains Illustrated, page 492:
      In West Wales it has never been possible until recently to exploit the magnificent natural harbour of Milford Haven, for there was no industrial hinterland.

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harbour (third-person singular simple present harbours, present participle harbouring, simple past and past participle harboured)

  1. (British spelling) Standard spelling of harbor.
    The docks, which once harboured tall ships, now harbour only petty thieves.
    • 1724, [Gilbert] Burnet, edited by [Gilbert Burnet Jr.], Bishop Burnet’s History of His Own Time. [], volumes (please specify |volume=I or II), London: [] Thomas Ward [], →OCLC:
      The bare suspicion made it treason to harbour the person suspected.
    • 1707, Nicholas Rowe, The Royal Convert:
      Nor let your gentle Breast harbor one Thought Of Outrage from the Kin.
    • 2012 September 7, Phil McNulty, “Moldova 0-5 England”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      If Moldova harboured even the slightest hopes of pulling off a comeback that would have bordered on miraculous given their lack of quality, they were snuffed out 13 minutes before the break