• IPA: /ˈɹɛfjuːdʒ/


  1. A state of safety, protection or shelter.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 9”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Rocks, dens, and caves! But I in none of these / Find place or refuge.
  2. A place providing safety, protection or shelter.
  3. Something or someone turned to for safety or assistance; a recourse or resort.
  4. An expedient to secure protection or defence.
    • c. 1608–1609, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Coriolanus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene iii]:
      Their latest refuge / Was to send him.
  5. A refuge island.
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refuge (refuges, present participle refuging; past and past participle refuged)

  1. (intransitive) To return to a place of shelter.
    • 2011, Michael D. Gumert, ‎Agustín Fuentes, ‎Lisa Jones-Engel, Monkeys on the Edge
      Among these macaques, although activity cycles are quite variable from location to location, refuging is a common characteristic.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To shelter; to protect.
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