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The most amazing thing to me about the sea is the tide. A harbour like St. Ives is totally transformed in a very short space of time by the arrival or departure of the sea.
John Dyer

Meaning of "harbour" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD HARBOUR

Old English herebeorg, from here troop, army + beorg shelter; related to Old High German heriberga hostelry, Old Norse herbergi.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF HARBOUR

harbour  [ˈhɑːbə] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF HARBOUR

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Harbour is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb harbour in English.

WHAT DOES HARBOUR MEAN IN ENGLISH?

harbour

Harbor

A harbor or harbour, or haven, is a body of water where ships, boats, and barges can seek shelter from stormy weather, or else are stored for future use. Harbors can be natural or artificial. An artificial harbor has deliberately constructed breakwaters, sea walls, or jettys, or otherwise, they could have been constructed by dredging, and these require maintenance by further periodic dredging. An example of the artificial harbor is Long Beach Harbor, California, which was an array of salt marshes and tidal flats too shallow for modern merchant ships before it was first dredged in the early 20th century. In contrast, a natural harbor is surrounded on several sides by prominences of land. Examples of natural harbors include San Francisco Bay, California and San Diego Harbor, California. Harbors and ports are often confused with each other. A port is a facility for loading and unloading vessels; ports are usually located in harbors.

Definition of harbour in the English dictionary

The first definition of harbour in the dictionary is a sheltered port. Other definition of harbour is a place of refuge or safety. Harbour is also to give shelter to.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO HARBOUR

PRESENT

Present
I harbour
you harbour
he/she/it harbours
we harbour
you harbour
they harbour
Present continuous
I am harbouring
you are harbouring
he/she/it is harbouring
we are harbouring
you are harbouring
they are harbouring
Present perfect
I have harboured
you have harboured
he/she/it has harboured
we have harboured
you have harboured
they have harboured
Present perfect continuous
I have been harbouring
you have been harbouring
he/she/it has been harbouring
we have been harbouring
you have been harbouring
they have been harbouring
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I harboured
you harboured
he/she/it harboured
we harboured
you harboured
they harboured
Past continuous
I was harbouring
you were harbouring
he/she/it was harbouring
we were harbouring
you were harbouring
they were harbouring
Past perfect
I had harboured
you had harboured
he/she/it had harboured
we had harboured
you had harboured
they had harboured
Past perfect continuous
I had been harbouring
you had been harbouring
he/she/it had been harbouring
we had been harbouring
you had been harbouring
they had been harbouring
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will harbour
you will harbour
he/she/it will harbour
we will harbour
you will harbour
they will harbour
Future continuous
I will be harbouring
you will be harbouring
he/she/it will be harbouring
we will be harbouring
you will be harbouring
they will be harbouring
Future perfect
I will have harboured
you will have harboured
he/she/it will have harboured
we will have harboured
you will have harboured
they will have harboured
Future perfect continuous
I will have been harbouring
you will have been harbouring
he/she/it will have been harbouring
we will have been harbouring
you will have been harbouring
they will have been harbouring
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would harbour
you would harbour
he/she/it would harbour
we would harbour
you would harbour
they would harbour
Conditional continuous
I would be harbouring
you would be harbouring
he/she/it would be harbouring
we would be harbouring
you would be harbouring
they would be harbouring
Conditional perfect
I would have harbour
you would have harbour
he/she/it would have harbour
we would have harbour
you would have harbour
they would have harbour
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been harbouring
you would have been harbouring
he/she/it would have been harbouring
we would have been harbouring
you would have been harbouring
they would have been harbouring
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you harbour
we let´s harbour
you harbour
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to harbour
Past participle
harboured
Present Participle
harbouring
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH HARBOUR


araba
əˈrɑːbə
arba
ˈɑːbə
Arber
ˈɑːbə
arbor
ˈɑːbə
arbour
ˈɑːbə
aufgabe
ˈaʊfˌɡɑːbə
Babar
ˈbɑːbə
Baber
ˈbɑːbə
barber
ˈbɑːbə
Barbour
ˈbɑːbə
casaba
kəˈsɑːbə
Gabar
ˈɡɑːbə
Kaaba
ˈkɑːbə
Lualaba
ˌluːəˈlɑːbə
macabre
məˈkɑːbə
Orizaba
ˌɔːrɪˈzɑːbə
PABA
ˈpɑːbə
Saba
ˈsɑːbə
Shaba
ˈʃɑːbə
unharbour
ʌnˈhɑːbə

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE HARBOUR

harassment
Harbin
harbinger
harborage
harborer
harborful
harborless
harbormaster
harborous
harborside
harbour dues
harbour master
harbour seal
harbour station
harbourage
harbourer
harbourless
hard
hard and fast
hard as nails

WORDS THAT END LIKE HARBOUR

bonded labour
calembour
child labour
direct labour
division of labour
fishing harbour
forced labour
free labour
inner harbour
labour
manual labour
Manukau Harbour
Mulberry Harbour
neighbour
New Labour
next door neighbour
safe harbour
skilled labour
slave labour
tambour

Synonyms and antonyms of harbour in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «HARBOUR»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «harbour» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of harbour

Translation of «harbour» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF HARBOUR

Find out the translation of harbour to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of harbour from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «harbour» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

海港
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

puerto
570 millions of speakers

English

harbour
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

बंदरगाह
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مِينَاء
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

гавань
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

porto
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

আশ্রয়
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

port
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Pelabuhan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Hafen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

항구
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

pelabuhan
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

bến cảng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

துறைமுகம்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

हार्बर
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

liman
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

porto
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

port
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

гавань
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

port
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

λιμάνι
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

hawe
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

hamn
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

havn
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of harbour

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «HARBOUR»

The term «harbour» is very widely used and occupies the 10.397 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «HARBOUR» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «harbour» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «harbour» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about harbour

EXAMPLES

10 QUOTES WITH «HARBOUR»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word harbour.
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Barnabe Barnes
Ah, sweet Content, where doth thine harbour hold.
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Giotto di Bondone
Every painting is a voyage into a sacred harbour.
3
Helena Christensen
Harbour Island in the Bahamas is a wonderful little island with beautiful beaches, a great restaurant culture and friendly, welcoming atmosphere.
4
Evan Davis
Some people harbour an awkward clash of feelings - homosexual attraction on the one hand and shame or embarrassment about that attraction on the other. It is well known that the mind struggles to sustain conflicting views.
5
Laura Dekker
When I'm not surfing or sailing, I am to be found at the harbour working on my boat.
6
John Dyer
The most amazing thing to me about the sea is the tide. A harbour like St. Ives is totally transformed in a very short space of time by the arrival or departure of the sea.
7
John Dyer
My great love is my home county of Cornwall, I love to sit and watch people enjoying themselves on the beaches and in the harbour towns of Cornwall.
8
Tove Jansson
On the morning, Daddy and I get up at six o'clock because Christmas trees must be bought in the dark. We walk to the other end of town, as the big harbour is just the right setting for buying a Christmas tree. We spend hours choosing, looking at every branch suspiciously. It's always cold.
9
Asa Larsson
The feeling of being an underdog, not belonging, is very much me. You harbour a little feeling of resentment towards the 'upper dog'.
10
Jo Nesbo
Until the Eighties, Oslo was a rather boring town, but it's changed a lot, and is now much more cosmopolitan. If I go downtown, I visit the harbour to see the tall ships and the ferries, and to admire the modern architecture such as the Opera House or the new Astrup Fearnley Museum on the water's edge.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «HARBOUR»

Discover the use of harbour in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to harbour and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Safe Harbour
On a wind-swept summer day in San Francisco, a solitary figure walks down the beach, a dog at her side.
Danielle Steel, 2009
2
Sydney Harbour: A History
What was true then had been the case for centuries before, and decades since. Explores the story of this great waterway.
Ian Hoskins, 2009
3
Harbour
But he's a battler, with a burning desire to unite his family and set the past to rights. 'Harbour' was the winner of the 2005 NSW Premier's Literary Award award. (2 acts, 6 male, 4 female).
Katherine Thomson, 2005
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The Ecology of Poole Harbour
It also lies above Europe's largest on-shore oil-field. The Ecology of Poole Harbour brings together for the first time expert contributions in such a way as to provide a picture of the ecology of the Harbour system as a whole.
V.J. May, John Humphreys, 2005
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Harbour
John Ajvide Lindqvist. HARBOUR First published in Great Britain in 2010 by Quercus 21. John Ajvide Lindqvist TRANSLATED FROM THE SWEDISH BY MARLAINE DELARGY.
John Ajvide Lindqvist, 2011
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Harbour Thieves
Living by their wits on the streets of Toronto in the 1870's, a poor brother and sister find their search for work complicated by encounters with street gangs, involvement with a theft ring, and eventual capture by the police.
Bill Freeman, 1984
7
Harbour
The novel is set against the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong.
Paul House, 2007
8
Cold Harbour
More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA
Jack Higgins, 2003
9
Coastal, Estuarial and Harbour Engineer's Reference Book
A major new reference book bringing together wide-ranging expert guidance on coastal engineering, including harbours and estuaries.
Michael B Abbott, W. Alan Price, 1993
10
Usher's Harbour
The people of twentieth- and twenty-first century Earth failed to live up to the challenges presented by the planet's devastating climate changes.
Barry Epstein, Darls Epstein, 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «HARBOUR»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term harbour is used in the context of the following news items.
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Souls Harbour renos begins after $100K Aviva win - Nova Scotia …
The Souls Harbour Rescue Mission won $100,000 to renovate its kitchen from the Aviva Community Fund in January. "We're a very small ... «CBC.ca, Jul 15»
2
'Loveable rogue' who fell into harbour while strapped into …
James fell into the harbour in Port Seton, East Lothian, where he served his apprenticeship as a butcher at the Co-op. He also worked in ... «Scottish Daily Record, Jul 15»
3
Canada: federal government invests in Skinners Pond Harbour
The extension will provide safer navigation at the harbour entrance and reduce the requirement of dredging during peak periods. It will also ... «Dredging News Online, Jul 15»
4
The street paved in gold: Exclusive Sydney Harbour … - Daily Mail
The street paved in gold: Exclusive Sydney Harbour enclave - which costs $59,000 a square metre and where houses sell for $40 MILLION - is ... «Daily Mail, Jul 15»
5
Pump house for Innisfil's Friday Harbour rising up - Simcoe.com
Pump house for Innisfil's Friday Harbour rising up. Rick Vanderlinde. A pump house to bring water to the Friday Harbour resort will be about ... «Simcoe.com, Jul 15»
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Another fisherman fined for trespassing at harbour | Gladstone …
ANOTHER fisherman has faced court and been fined for fishing from restricted land in Gladstone harbour. John Glenn Berthelsen walked from ... «Gladstone Observer, Jul 15»
7
Dun Laoghaire Harbour: Afloat's WM Nixon Responds to Liam …
He has firmly come down on the side of those who would wish to preserve and develop Dun Laoghaire Harbour as a State Park, a major ... «Afloat, Jul 15»
8
Pirate FM - News - VIDEO: Watch Shark Harbour Rescue
... holiday apartment, who filmed it on her phone, describing its rescuer as "lovely." Groups of people lined the harbour to watch it happen. You can see it here. «Pirate FM, Jul 15»
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Cute Little Tropical Retail Building Coming to Sunset Harbour
In the last few years Sunset Harbour has blossomed, with many describing it as a new 'Lincoln Road-like' area for locals who feel displaced by ... «Curbed Hamptons, Jul 15»
10
Wapping Wharf set to host Harbour Festival's new Jazz Quarter …
Wapping Wharf, Bristol's newest harbourside development, is gearing up to host a new addition to the city's Harbour Festival – a dedicated ... «Business Leader, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Harbour [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/harbour>. Jan 2021 ».
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