haven

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English haven, havene, from Old English hæfen ‎(haven; harbour; port), from Proto-Germanic *habnō, *habanō (compare Dutch haven, German Hafen, Danish/Norwegian havn), from Proto-Germanic *habą ‎(sea) (compare Old English hæf, Middle Low German haf, Old Norse haf ‎(sea), German Haff ‎(bay or lagoon behind a spit), perhaps, in the sense of "heaving sea", etymologically identical with Old Norse haf ‎(heaving, lifting, uplift, elevation), derived from Proto-Germanic *habjaną ‎(to lift, heave)), or from Proto-Indo-European *kopno- (compare Irish cúan 'harbor, recess, haven').

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Noun[edit]

haven ‎(plural havens)

  1. A harbour or anchorage protected from the sea.
    • Shakespeare
      what shipping and what lading's in our haven
    • Tennyson
      their haven under the hill
  2. (by extension) A place of safety; a refuge or sanctuary.
    • 2011 December 21, Helen Pidd, “Europeans migrate south as continent drifts deeper into crisis”[1], the Guardian:
      Since its conception, the European Union has been a haven for those seeking refuge from war, persecution and poverty in other parts of the world.
  3. (by extension) A peaceful place.

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Verb[edit]

haven ‎(third-person singular simple present havens, present participle havening, simple past and past participle havened)

  1. To put into, or provide with a haven.

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Danish[edit]

Noun[edit]

haven c

  1. singular definite of have

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Dutch havene, from Old Dutch *havana, from Proto-Germanic *habnō, *habanō.

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haven f ‎(plural havens, diminutive haventje n)

  1. harbour
  2. port

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English habban, hafian.

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haven

  1. to have

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Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

haven

  1. definite plural of hav