Synonyms 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

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  • shelve — [ʆelv] verb [transitive] to decide not to continue with a plan, idea etc, although you might continue with it at a later time: • Plans for the project have been shelved. • The company agreed to shelve its 300 billion warrant bond issue. * * *… …   Financial and business terms

  • Shelve — Shelve, v. t. 1. To furnish with shelves; as, to shelve a closet or a library. [1913 Webster] 2. To place on a shelf. Hence: To lay on the shelf; to put aside; to dismiss from service; to put off indefinitely; as, to shelve an officer; to shelve… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shelve — Shelve, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Shelved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shelving}.] [Perhapss originally from the same source as shallow, but influenced by shelf a ledge, a platform.] To incline gradually; to be slopping; as, the bottom shelves from the shore.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shelve — [shelv] vi. [< SHELF] shelved, shelving to incline or slope gradually vt. [< pl. of SHELF] 1. to equip with shelves 2. to put on a shelf or shelves 3 …   English World dictionary

  • shelve — index continue (adjourn), defer (put off), delay, hold up (delay), postpone, pretermit …   Law dictionary

  • shelve — [ʃelv] v [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: shelves, plural of shelf] 1.) [T] to decide not to continue with a plan, idea etc, although you might continue with it at a later time ▪ Plans to reopen the school have been shelved . 2.) [I always +… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • shelve — [ ʃelv ] verb transitive to decide not to use something such as a plan or suggestion now, although you may use it later …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • shelve — (v.) 1590s, to overhang, back formation from shelves, plural of SHELF (Cf. shelf). Meaning put on a shelf first recorded 1650s; metaphoric sense of lay aside, dismiss is from 1812. Meaning to slope gradually (1610s) is from M.E. shelven to slope …   Etymology dictionary

  • shelve — [v] defer, postpone delay, dismiss, drop, freeze*, give up, hang up, hold, hold off, hold over, hold up, lay aside, mothball*, pigeonhole*, prolong, prorogue, put aside, put off, put on back burner*, put on hold, put on ice*, scrub*, sideline,… …   New thesaurus

  • shelve — ► VERB 1) place on a shelf. 2) abandon or defer (a plan or project). 3) fit with shelves. DERIVATIVES shelver noun. ORIGIN from shelves, plural of SHELF(Cf. ↑shelf) …   English terms dictionary

  • shelve — verb (shelved; shelving) Etymology: shelf Date: 1598 transitive verb 1. to furnish with shelves 2. to place on a shelf < shelve books > 3. a. to remove from active service b. to put off or …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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