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 Dictionary entry overview: What does shelve mean? 

SHELVE (verb)
  The verb SHELVE has 2 senses:

1. hold back to a later time
2. place on a shelf

  Familiarity information: SHELVE used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

SHELVE (verb)

Sense 1shelve [BACK TO TOP]


Hold back to a later time

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations


shelve; set back; put off; prorogue; postpone; defer; table; put over; remit; hold over

Context example:

let's postpone the exam

Hypernyms (to "shelve" is one way to...):

delay (act later than planned, scheduled, or required)

"Shelve" entails doing...:

reschedule (assign a new time and place for an event)

call off; cancel; scratch; scrub (postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "shelve"):

call (stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather)

hold (stop dealing with)

suspend (render temporarily ineffective)

probate (put a convicted person on probation by suspending his sentence)

reprieve; respite (postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP

Sense 2shelve [BACK TO TOP]


Place on a shelf

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

shelve books

Hypernyms (to "shelve" is one way to...):

lay; place; pose; position; put; set (put into a certain place or abstract location)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They shelve the goods

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