how to pronounce shelve


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the above transcription of shelve is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

shelve is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of shelve in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… they recently decided to shelve that and …”

meanings of shelve


  1. To take (drugs) by anal or vaginal insertion.
  2. To furnish with shelves.
  3. To have sex with.
  4. To slope; to incline; to form into shelves.
  5. To set aside; to quit or postpone.
  6. To place on a shelf.


  1. A rocky ledge or shelf.

shelve frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word shelve occurs in english on average 0.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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