asylum noun

1 protection given by a government

ADJ. temporary | political

VERB + ASYLUM apply for, claim, request, seek She fled the country, and is now seeking asylum in Sweden. | give sb, grant sb, offer sb, provide (sb with) | get, receive | deny sb, refuse sb Over 400 people have been refused asylum.

ASYLUM + NOUN seeker bogus/genuine asylum seekers | application, claim

PHRASES an application for asylum, the right to asylum Those fleeing from the war have the right to asylum.

2 mental hospital

ADJ. lunatic, mental

PREP. in ~ He spent three years in an asylum.