home

noun
\ 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

home

adverb

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

home

adjective

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

home

verb
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

Home

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)

Home

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

Still mourning over the loss, Lydia’s infuriated when her father moves her and his over-the-top girlfriend to a home in Connecticut. Josh Aronson, Teen Vogue, "Beetlejuice: The Musical," 30 May 2019 Alibaba Group Holding’s plan to list closer to home has been simmering for some time, but the escalating U.S.-China trade conflict could finally bring it to a boil. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "U.S.-China Tech Tensions Help Push Alibaba Toward Hong Kong," 29 May 2019 As those who are a part of Sinise's generation, war is a topic that hits painfully close to home. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How 'Forrest Gump' Inspired Gary Sinise to Get Involved With Veterans," 26 May 2019 After seven strangers moved in to this home together and changed television forever, the gorgeous loft was purchased by painter and sculptor Edwina Sandys and her husband Richard Kaplan. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "The Giant Soho Loft From MTV’s The Real World is On The Market For $7.5 Million," 24 May 2019 More homes will need air conditioners as summers become filled with deadly heat waves. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Watch how the climate could change in these US cities by 2050," 24 May 2019 So Hamilton arranged for his Mercedes-Benz team to deliver one of his race cars to the driveway of Harry's home in Redhill, Surrey, England. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Formula 1 Champ Lewis Hamilton Sends His Race Car to Terminally Ill Five-Year-Old Fan Harry Shaw," 14 May 2019 Ali the Happy VA, who blogs about working from home as a virtual assistant, suggests asking clients for feedback shortly after delivering a project so that your hard work is fresh in their minds. Jamie Ballard, Woman's Day, "How to Become a Virtual Assistant So You Can Work From Home," 7 May 2019 Meghan and Harry had quietly moved into the home during her pregnancy. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Were Forced to Move Out of Oxfordshire Home," 16 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Khloé is not moving away, however, but is making Los Angeles her permanent home once again, according to Entertainment Tonight. PEOPLE.com, "Khloé Kardashian Reveals She's Moving After Split with Tristan Thompson," 5 June 2019 Faced with returning to her suffocating life in the Waterford home, again without a child and still with the man who’d just so cruelly betrayed her, Serena (Yvonne Strahovski) makes a shocking, series-altering decision in the season 3 premiere. David Canfield, EW.com, "The Handmaid's Tale stars break down Serena's shocking decision," 5 June 2019 Some of the images, like Trepanier-Preston’s, would become posters that would be distributed for free at the Huntsman Center, where the team held home meets. Dvorameyers, Longreads, "The Gymnast’s Position," 5 June 2019 The Maryland couple discovered dead in their hotel room in the Dominican Republic last Thursday, the same day they were meant to return home, died of respiratory failure and pulmonary edema, an autopsy concluded. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Maryland Couple Died Of Respiratory Failure And Pulmonary Edema While In The Dominican Republic," 4 June 2019 Summer Bay Orlando is the flagship Exploria Resorts property and is home to 719 one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom vacation home-like villas, condos and houses. Iliana Limón Romero, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City announces sale of naming rights, new home to be called Exploria Stadium," 4 June 2019 Just home with the family, playing or doing stuff around the house. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mellinger Minutes: Bobby Witt Jr., Ned Yost, Patrick Mahomes and dad’n," 4 June 2019 The center hosts programs that help visitors learn about the Salt River habitat area and appreciate the animals that call it home. Weldon Johnson, azcentral, "Arizona hidden gem: A lush birding oasis is just moments from downtown Phoenix," 4 June 2019 The hand-cut fries served with the roll (and a number of other items) aren’t anything to write home about, though. John-john Williams Iv, baltimoresun.com, "Touting Maryland's best lobster roll, Walrus Oyster & Ale House lives up to the hype," 4 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

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 The missile then separates from the torpedo, homing in on enemy ships. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Iran Shows off Unusual Ship-Killing Torpedo/Missile Combination," 28 Feb. 2019 The Ducks shot 39 percent on the night and Altman homed in on the team's 8-of-18 effort at the free throw line. Tyson Alger, OregonLive.com, "Oregon Ducks survive Washington State, live another day at Pac-12 tournament," 8 Mar. 2018 Still, fears over migration have proved a sure-fire vote winner for populists, and governments like those in Italy and Hungary are homing in on the issue in the run-up to the May 23-26 EU elections. Lorne Cook, The Seattle Times, "EU extends anti-migrant smuggler mission, without ships," 29 Mar. 2019 The winning team takes home their pot at the end of the competition. Nick Vadala, Philly.com, "Lafayette Hill boy moves on to semi-finals on NBC's 'Genius Junior'," 9 Apr. 2018 During his time at Raytheon, Ryan helped design the Sparrow and Hawk guided missile systems, a medium-range semi-active radar homing air-to-air missile, and a surface-to-air missile, respectively. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Barbie's Designer Got His Start Making Missiles," 7 Feb. 2019 Marshall's plan aims to help 40,000 South Australia homes purchase a battery, which need not be from any one battery maker. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "South Australia is fueling energy storage investment," 27 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of home

Noun

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

Adverb

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

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

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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home

noun

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

home

adverb

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

home

adjective

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.

home

noun
\ 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.

home

adverb

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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