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Definition 1: place on a shelf - [verb of contact]

Samples where shelve or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • shelve books

(shelve is a kind of ...) put into a certain place or abstract location

"Put your things here" "Set the tray down" "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children" "Place emphasis on a certain point"

Definition 2: hold back to a later time - [verb of stative]

Samples where shelve or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • let's postpone the exam

Synonyms for shelve in the sense of this definition

(shelve is a kind of ...) act later than planned, scheduled, or required

"Don't delay your application to graduate school or else it won't be considered"

(... is a kind of shelve ) stop or postpone because of adverse conditions, such as bad weather

"call a football game"

(... is a kind of shelve ) stop dealing with

"hold all calls to the President's office while he is in a meeting"

(... is a kind of shelve ) render temporarily ineffective

"the prison sentence was suspended"

(... is a kind of shelve ) put a convicted person on probation by suspending his sentence

(... is a kind of shelve ) postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution

(shelve implies ...) assign a new time and place for an event

"We had to reschedule the doctor's appointment"

(shelve implies ...) postpone indefinitely or annul something that was scheduled

"Call off the engagement" "cancel the dinner party" "we had to scrub our vacation plans" "scratch that meeting--the chair is ill"

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