To harbor someone is to care for them and to protect them from the law. If you harbor someone who is wanted by the police, you are responsible for hiding them and keeping them safe.

  • The woman was arrested for harboring the suspect.

  • The police are searching for the suspect, and they believe that he is hiding somewhere in the city.

Definition of harboring


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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