\ 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 inmissiles 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

Noun 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? Adverb 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. Adjective 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 The funky, down-home environs of BoaVentura make for a great spot to savor and compare the wines. Chris Macias, SFChronicle.com, "BoaVentura: shabby-chic winery for a relaxed wine tasting," 3 Aug. 2020 Rather than girding these facilities against the pandemic, the Department of Health and Human Services paused nursing-home inspections in March, passing the buck to the states. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "How the Pandemic Defeated America," 3 Aug. 2020 Officials reported one single-family home and two outbuildings near Avenida Miravilla have been destroyed. Brian Blueskye, USA TODAY, "Thousands to evacuate as Apple Fire grows in Southern California," 2 Aug. 2020 And thousands of office workers continue doing their jobs from home. oregonlive, "Oregon Insight: Consumer spending rebounds – but not in travel and entertainment," 2 Aug. 2020 Edwards issued a stay-home order on March 22 and kept the order in place until May 15, when the state moved into Phase 1 of reopening. USA Today, "Louisiana: The rare case of a state ravaged twice by COVID-19," 1 Aug. 2020 One home and two outbuildings were destroyed, Cal Fire said. Fox News, "Apple Fire in California explodes to more than 32 square miles, thousands evacuated," 1 Aug. 2020 Home: This is a 5-bed, 4-and-a-half bath, 4,674-square-foot, split-level, mid-century modern home in the Cherokee Seneca neighborhood that was built in 1964. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "This 5-bed home near Louisville's Seneca Park serves up dreamy mid-century modern vibes," 31 July 2020 Registration for the fall begins Aug. 3, and parents of returning students need to make their choice of at-home versus online teaching by Aug. 14. John Delapp, Houston Chronicle, "Most Dickinson ISD pupils to be online until mid-September," 31 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb But during the pandemic, nearly all worked from home and kept up some of those activities through video meetings and group chats, says co-CEO Colson Steber. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Will the remote work craze sparked by COVID-10 sound a death knell for office buildings?," 14 July 2020 But modern packaging products, like cartons, tend to layer metal, paper, and plastic to provide a strong, lightweight home for your orange juice. Matt Simon, Wired, "You Don't Need Single-Use Plastic Bags. You Need a Mask," 13 July 2020 The third most-popular option was sending pre-K-grade 5 pupils to class every day while keeping grades 6-12 pupils home all the time to study remotely, with 43 percent of parents ranking that option excellent or fair. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "North Royalton schools plan in-person education this fall, reflecting wishes of parents in survey," 13 July 2020 McCusker would listen to a Marine tell him about a patrol gone wrong or simply a girl back home, and emotions would roll across his face, breaking like waves. oregonlive, "Michael McCusker led 1970 Portland protests that terrified Oregon’s governor, sparked Vortex I; 50 years later, he still seeks truth," 13 July 2020 Two adults and two teenagers were charged with murder on Monday in the shooting death of rapper Pop Smoke inside a Hollywood Hills home earlier this year. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, "Four charged with murder in slaying of rapper Pop Smoke," 13 July 2020 In the middle of production on Saturday Night Fever, Travolta flew home to Los Angeles when Hyland's health declined dramatically. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "John Travolta Lost Girlfriend Diana Hyland to Breast Cancer Decades Before Kelly Preston's Death," 13 July 2020 The Bulls coaches had made recruiting trips to Midland and Hodgson worked camps back home in Buffalo. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "How foster care, adoption changed path of Tide’s top basketball recruiter," 13 July 2020 The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs hosted the first Generation Park T&F Invitational when both took home the team titles. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Ervin brothers hope to lead Summer Creek back to state after coronavirus setback," 13 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Astros were scheduled to play two home exhibition games and six regular season games at Minute Maid Park prior to April 9 — the earliest date on which the schedule will resume. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' George Springer donates $100K to Minute Maid Park employees," 14 Mar. 2020 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 His ownership stakes could make a potential deal harder at a time when investors are struggling to home in on values for office buildings. David Kocieniewski, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Stakes in Play as Vornado Explores Office Building Sales," 30 June 2020 Scammers who have the technology to home in on my weakness for baby deer could send me an urgent appeal to save 500 fawns at risk of slaughter. Elizabeth Heath, Washington Post, "Go ahead and watch. Cute or funny animal videos can be good for you.," 26 June 2020 Former Indiana Pacers star Paul George put his $9,495,000 Hidden Hills, California home up for sale last Wednesday, according to a listing on Realtor.com. Michael Mccleary, The Indianapolis Star, "Former Pacers star Paul George puts $9,495,000 California home for sale," 12 June 2020 Darwin’s letters home glitter with descriptions of the glaciers’ beauty. National Geographic, "Darwin's first—and only—trip around the world began a scientific revolution," 11 June 2020 May home sales in Dallas County were down almost 35% from a year earlier as the pandemic took hold. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Dallas County’s housing market was hammered by COVID-19 in May," 10 June 2020 The ruling from the three-member Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision to release Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman to home confinement with GPS monitoring pending bail. Fox News, "Molotov cocktail attack on NYPD: court orders defendants taken back into custody," 6 June 2020 When the fish are running, anglers line the banks, practically shoulder to shoulder, while locals and guides motor boats up and down the rivers, homing in on the hot spots. Josh Niva, Anchorage Daily News, "Casting call: Urban and remote Alaska are where fishing dreams come true," 28 May 2020 If lockdowns continue into summer, what will happen when the heat and humidity soar and home air-conditioners are running all day? Susan Shain, New York Times, "Your Energy Bill Is Probably Climbing. Here’s Why.," 29 Apr. 2020

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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


Middle English hom, hoome "dwelling, building, one's native town or land," going back to Old English hām "landed property, estate, dwelling, house, inhabited place, native land," going back to Germanic *haima- "dwelling" (whence also Old Saxon & Old Frisian hēm "home, dwelling," Middle Dutch heem, heim "dwelling," Old High German heima "dwelling, homeland," Old Norse heimr "abode, land, this world," Gothic haims "village, countryside, [in compounds] home"), of uncertain origin

Note: A widely accepted etymology sees Germanic *haima- as going back to Indo-European *ḱoi-mo, an o-grade derivative, with a suffix *-mo-, of the verbal base *ḱei- "lie, be at rest." Also from *ḱoi-mo- would be an assumed Greek *koímē or *koîmos "bed," the source of the denominal derivative koimáō, koimân "to put to bed, lay to rest" (see cemetery); further associated are Lithuanian šeimà "family, household members (including servants)," Latvian sàime, Russian Church Slavic sěmĭ "person," sěmija, translating Greek andrápoda "prisoners of war sold as slaves," sěminŭ "slave, household member," Russian sem'já "family," Ukrainian sim'já. (Lithuanian kiẽmas "farmstead, village" and káimas "village" are perhaps related, via a form with a centum outcome of ḱ, or as a loanword from Germanic.) According to an alternative hypothesis, Germanic *haima- goes back to Indo-European *tḱoi̯-mo-, a derivative with *-mo- from Indo-European *tḱei̯- "dwell, inhabit" (in a more traditional representation *ḱþei̯-; see amphictyony). Directly comparable would be Sanskrit kṣémaḥ "habitable," kṣémaḥ or -am (noun) "calm, quiet, safety," which within Sanskrit are direct derivatives from kṣéti "(s/he) dwells." The Baltic and Slavic forms cited above would then be attributable to this form.


Middle English hom, going back to Old English hām, probably from accusative of hām "dwelling, home entry 1" (with parallel forms in other Germanic languages)


from attributive use of home entry 1


derivative of home entry 1

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

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6 Aug 2020

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“Home.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/home. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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