\ ˈhōm How to pronounce home (audio) \

Definition of home

 (Entry 1 of 6)

1a : one's place of residence : domicile has been away from home for two weeks a place to call home
b : house several homes for sale in the area
2 : the social unit formed by a family living together trying to make a good home for her children comes from a broken home
3a : a familiar or usual setting : congenial environment also : the focus of one's domestic attention home is where the heart is
b : habitat the home of the kangaroo The island is home to many species of birds.
4a : a place of origin salmon returning to their home to spawn also : one's own country having troubles at home and abroad
b : headquarters sense 2 home of the dance company
5 : an establishment providing residence and care for people with special needs homes for the elderly
6 : the objective in various games especially : home plate
at home
1 : relaxed and comfortable : at ease felt completely at home on the stage
2 : in harmony with the surroundings
3 : on familiar ground : knowledgeable teachers at home in their subject fields



Definition of home (Entry 2 of 6)

1 : to or at one's place of residence or home (see home entry 1 sense 1a) told the dog to go home stayed home all day
2a : to a final, closed, or ultimate position drive a nail home
b : to or at an ultimate objective (such as a goal or finish line) fired the puck home
3 : to a vital sensitive core the truth struck home
home free
: out of jeopardy : in a comfortable position with respect to some objective



Definition of home (Entry 3 of 6)

1 : of, relating to, or being a place of residence, place of origin, or base of operations the company's home office
2 : prepared, done, or designed for use in a home (see home entry 1) home remedies home cooking a home entertainment system
3 : operating or occurring in an area that is a headquarters or base of operations the home team home games


homed; homing

Definition of home (Entry 4 of 6)

intransitive verb

1 : to go or return to one's place of residence or origin : to go or return home (see home entry 1) let us home
2 of an animal : to return accurately to one's native area of place of birth or origin from a distance : to return home The salmon will home to spawn.
3 : to move to or toward an objective by following a signal or landmark usually used with on or in missiles homing in on a targetmariners … sought the dark spires of Oakland's redwoods to home on— J. W. Noble
4 : to proceed or direct attention toward an objective science is homing in on the mysterious human process— Sam Glucksberg

transitive verb

: to send to or provide with a home hidden pools and much wider creeks each of which homed its cranes— I. L. Idriess


biographical name (1)
\ ˈhyüm How to pronounce Home (audio) , ˈhōm\

Definition of Home (Entry 5 of 6)

Sir Alec Douglas- 1903–1995 British prime minister (1963–64)


biographical name (2)

Definition of Home (Entry 6 of 6)

William Douglas- 1912–1992 brother of Alec Douglas-Home British dramatist

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Examples of home in a Sentence


Right now his home is a small apartment. People are concerned about protecting their homes. They have a second home on the lake. There's no place like home. I must have left my notes at home. She made a good home for her husband and children. The islands are home to many species of birds. Can you find homes for these files in your office?


She called home to say she would be late for dinner. He's sending money home from a job overseas. She is on her way home. It's great to be back home. I can't wait to come home. He used a hammer to drive the nail home.


She has a happy home life. Please give us your home phone number. What is your home address? The team opens its home season in just two weeks.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Award-winning Miami Herald opinion columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. was awoken at his Maryland home early Sunday by a group of police officers responding to a hoax 911 tip that someone had been killed inside Pitts' house. Fox News, "Hoax 911 call accused Pulitzer-winning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. of killing his wife, police say," 2 July 2019 In 1961, author Ernest Hemingway shot himself to death at his home in Ketchum, Idaho. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 2 July 2019 Meramec State Park Assistant Superintendent Tamela Wilson died in June 2017 after being bitten by an infected tick near her home outside Sullivan. USA TODAY, "Chicago cows, bras for turtles, gold rush: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 2019 Dallas’ DeMarcus Lawrence got a blockbuster deal to stay home, while Kansas City’s Dee Ford and Seattle’s Frank Clark were traded (to San Francisco and K.C., respectively) and signed to long-term deals in their new home. SI.com, "For Former Soldiers and NFL Players, a Place to Heal," 1 July 2019 In August 2014, Shavies discovered his estranged wife had removed furniture and other personal possessions after entering their home, according to an administrative review. Gwendolyn Wu, SFChronicle.com, "Alameda sheriff’s deputy fired for lying now works for Pinole police," 1 July 2019 To name a few: Kuri, a robot designed to rove around your home, looks like a cartoon character and expresses itself in emotive bloops. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "The Second Coming of the Robot Pet," 1 July 2019 Police later turned the money over to the rider at his home. Brian Lisik, cleveland.com, "Trucker loses load on Center Road: Hinckley Township Police Blotter," 1 July 2019 Seeking only love and acceptance these young people are kicked out of their homes and houses of worship. CBS News, "Tim Cook on the work still needed for LGBTQ equality," 30 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Perdomo struck out O’Neill before Munoz sent a grounder up the middle and into center field to bring home Martinez and DeJong. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cardinals deny Padres sweep," 1 July 2019 Metric from bringing home dead and half-dead prey in the middle of the night and waking him up. James Vincent, The Verge, "An Amazon engineer made an AI-powered cat flap to stop his cat from bringing home dead animals," 30 June 2019 Unfortunately, the Red Sox’ bullpen couldn’t bring it home. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Red Sox traveled long way to learn they’re far from being threat to Yankees," 30 June 2019 Last week’s town hall brought home just how small-scale Buttigieg’s day job is. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Buttigieg Illusion," 28 June 2019 The hunters ran out of gas while bringing home eight seals and a walrus. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Crazy’ and ‘scary’: Dramatic ocean warming off Alaska raises concerns for hunters and wildlife," 26 June 2019 Sipek wanted to bring Bobo home, but 26 hours later, his beloved tiger was dead. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, "Steve Sipek, owner of Bobo the slain tiger, dies at 77," 25 June 2019 Recent weeks have brought home the dangers along the border, though none quite as graphically as the death of Mr. Martínez and Valeria. New York Times, "A Photo Captures the Pathos of Migrants Who Risked It All," 25 June 2019 Charles Jackson, 49, also arrived more than an hour early to get in line, hoping to bring home fresh Brussels sprouts, cabbage and asparagus. Elise Takahama, The Seattle Times, "New Sodo food bank aims to create welcoming, grocery-store environment," 24 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The Hawks will play two home exhibition games at Georgia Tech’s McCamish Pavilion (Oct. 9 and Oct. 12) as Philips Arena undergoes renovation. Michael Cunningham, ajc, "Game thread: Hawks at Heat (exhibition)," 1 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

More recently, an Army data analyst has homed in on a career railroad man named William J. Smith. oregonlive.com, "D.B. Cooper search leads to Bachelor Island; ex-FBI agent says suspect will get away with it ‘unless he confesses’," 27 June 2019 Forensic researchers have homed in on a range of subtle indicators that could serve as giveaways, such as the shape of light and shadows, the angles and blurring of facial features, or the softness and weight of clothing and hair. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Top AI researchers race to detect ‘deepfake’ videos: ‘We are outgunned’," 13 June 2019 Forensic researchers have homed in on a range of subtle indicators that could serve as giveaways, such as the shape of light and shadows, the angles and blurring of facial features, or the softness and weight of clothing and hair. Drew Harwell, Anchorage Daily News, "Top AI researchers race to detect ‘deepfake’ videos: ‘We are outgunned’," 13 June 2019 Forensic researchers have homed in on a range of subtle indicators that could serve as giveaways, such as the shape of light and shadows, the angles and blurring of facial features, or the softness and weight of clothing and hair. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, "Top AI researchers race to detect “deepfake” videos: “We are outgunned”," 12 June 2019 Hodgkinson also homed in on the gun being found at the home near Antioch. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Prosecutor: Libertyville man shot after dating murder defendant's 'dream girl'," 11 June 2019 The investigation quickly homed in on him, however. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "Ex-girlfriend's recordings critical as trial to begin in earnest into disappearance of Chinese scholar at U. of I.," 11 June 2019 An internal geomagnetic compass allows them to home their way back to their nesting place each spring. Tom Montgomery Fate, chicagotribune.com, "'I can’t help but look back' — dad reflects on life after kids' graduations," 4 June 2019 This is another example of beauty brands catering to specific audiences in the way that Glossier makes products for the minimalist beauty buff and how Fenty has homed in on their underrepresented customers in terms of shade availability. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "Gucci Beauty Launches Lipsticks for the Cool Kids (That's You)," 8 May 2019

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First Known Use of home


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1802, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for home

Noun, Adverb, Adjective, and Verb

Middle English hom, from Old English hām village, home; akin to Old High German heim home, Lithuanian šeima family, servants, Sanskrit kṣema habitable, kṣeti he dwells, Greek ktizein to inhabit

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The first known use of home was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of home

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the place (such as a house or apartment) where a person lives
: a family living together in one building, house, etc.
: a place where something normally or naturally lives or is located



English Language Learners Definition of home (Entry 2 of 3)

: to or at the place where you live
: into a finished or final position
sports : to, toward, or into a goal



English Language Learners Definition of home (Entry 3 of 3)

: of or relating to a home or family
: designed to be used in your home : done or made in your home
sports : at a team's own field, stadium, arena, etc.


\ ˈhōm How to pronounce home (audio) \

Kids Definition of home

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the house or apartment where a person lives
2 : the place where a person was born or grew up
3 : habitat The Arctic is the home of polar bears.
4 : a place for the care of people unable to care for themselves an orphans' home
5 : a family living together She comes from a good home.
6 : house entry 1 sense 1 There are new homes for sale.
7 : the goal or point to be reached in some games
at home
: relaxed and comfortable Make yourself at home.



Kids Definition of home (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to or at home It feels good to be home.
2 : to the final place or limit Use a hammer to drive the nail home.

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