To harbor someone is to protect them and to allow them to stay in your country or place. You might harbor a fugitive, which is someone who is wanted by the government for a crime.

  • The government is harboring the refugees because they are afraid of the consequences.

  • The company is harboring the criminal because they don't want the publicity.

Definition of harbored


To provide a harbor or safe place for.


To take refuge or shelter in a protected expanse of water.


To drive (a hunted stag) to covert.


To hold or persistently entertain in one's thoughts or mind.

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