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refuge

To take refuge is to find a safe place. You might take refuge under a bridge in a hail storm, or in a basement during a tornado.

Refuge comes from a French word meaning "to flee," and, in most cases, a refuge is a place to flee to in order to get away from people or places that are unsafe. A refuge is a safe place, such as a building or even another country, as in "they sought refuge from the war by leaving their homeland," or it is a simple, personal place of comfort — like a friend's couch.

Definitions of refuge
  1. noun
    something or someone turned to for assistance or security
    “took refuge in lying”
    synonyms: recourse, resort
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    types:
    shadow
    refuge from danger or observation
    type of:
    resource
    a source of aid or support that may be drawn upon when needed
  2. noun
    a safe place
    synonyms: safety
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    types:
    harborage, harbourage
    (nautical) a place of refuge (as for a ship)
    type of:
    area, country
    a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)
  3. noun
    a shelter from danger or hardship
    synonyms: asylum, sanctuary
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    types:
    harbor, harbour
    a place of refuge and comfort and security
    safehold
    a refuge from attack
    safe house
    a house used as a hiding place or refuge by members of certain organizations
    type of:
    shelter
    a structure that provides privacy and protection from danger
  4. noun
    act of turning to for assistance
    synonyms: recourse, resort
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    type of:
    aid, assist, assistance, help
    the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
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