One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the plants provide shelter for animals’
protection, shield, cover, a roof, screen, shade
safety, security, defence, refuge, sanctuary, asylum, safe keeping, safeguarding
2‘she runs a shelter for battered cats’
sanctuary, place of shelter, refuge, accommodation, housing, home, place of safety, haven, safe haven, sanctum, safe house
harbour, port in a storm, ark
retreat, bolt-hole, foxhole, hiding place, hideaway, hideout, fastness
1‘the hut sheltered him from the cold wind’
protect, keep safe, shield, cover, screen, shade, keep from harm, afford protection to, provide protection for, save, safeguard, wrap, cover for, preserve, conserve, defend, cushion, secure, guard, hedge
2‘the anchorage where convoys sheltered in bad weather’
take shelter, take refuge, seek protection, seek refuge, seek sanctuary, take cover
informal hole up
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