AskDefine | Define shelve

Dictionary Definition



1 hold back to a later time; "let's postpone the exam" [syn: postpone, prorogue, hold over, put over, table, set back, defer, remit, put off]
2 place on a shelve; "shelve books"

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. to place on a shelf
    The library needs volunteers to help shelve books.
  2. to store, set aside, quit, or halt
    They shelved the entire project when they heard how much it would cost.


to place on a shelf
to store, set aside, quit, or halt

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

adjourn, ascend, bank, cant, careen, climb, continue, decline, defer, delay, descend, dip, dish, drag out, drop, extend, fall, fall away, fall off, give up, go downhill, go uphill, grade, hang fire, hang up, hold off, hold over, hold up, incline, keel, lay aside, lay away, lay by, lay over, lean, list, pigeonhole, pitch, postpone, prolong, prorogate, prorogue, protract, push aside, put aside, put away, put in mothballs, put off, put on ice, rake, recess, reserve, retreat, rise, set aside, set by, shift off, sideline, sidle, slant, sleep on, slope, stand over, stave off, stay, store, stow, stretch out, suspend, swag, sway, table, table the motion, take a recess, tilt, tip, uprise, waive
Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1