\ˈhōm \

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, 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

There are also limitations on shutting off service to homes if temperatures are predicted to reach 95 degrees or higher during the 48 hours afterward. New York Times, "‘Totally Preventable’: How a Sick Woman Lost Electricity, and Her Life," 13 July 2018 But the hippo harem lifestyle means that females stay close to home. Steve Mirsky, Scientific American, "A Look at the Inner Lives of 13 Species of Animals You Think You Know," 13 July 2018 Instead, he was whisked by helicopter to Churchill’s home for an elaborate dinner with British business officials and his friends. Seung Min Kim, Washington Post, "After disparaging his hosts, Trump meets with Theresa May," 13 July 2018 Those treatments involve extracting immune T cells, re-engineering them in a lab to home in on cancers, multiplying them, and then inserting them back into patients’ bodies. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: Parker Institute CRISPR Breakthrough, Pfizer Reorganization, Gym Tax Deductions," 12 July 2018 The Oakland County Sheriff's Department and Waterford Regional Fire Department went to a home on the 400 block of Highland Avenue in Pontiac just before 1 p.m. on Tuesday. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "3-month-old girl dies when mother rolls on top of her while asleep," 11 July 2018 Verizon FiOS and Google Fiber set the gigabit bar by running fiber optic cables to homes in certain neighborhoods in a handful of cities nationwide. Mike Freeman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cox, Spectrum upgrade networks to bring gigabit Internet speeds to San Diego," 11 July 2018 After Eden and Isaac ran away to her home to escape, Eden’s father turned them in. refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale Recap Season 2, Episode 13: The Martha Express," 11 July 2018 There's a park closer to their home but it isn't filled with kids like this one is. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Keeping Cool At Owen Bell Park," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The third-place match at the World Cup is often dismissed as a pointless way for FIFA to fill TV space with two teams who just want to go home. James Ellingworth, chicagotribune.com, "England, Belgium face off again, this time with 3rd place at stake," 13 July 2018 Sakasegawa went home after filming the lemon, leaving it alone at the end of its journey. Abby Ohlheiser, BostonGlobe.com, "Why did the lemon go viral?," 12 July 2018 Fabian Delph, 28, played the last 15 minutes of Saturday’s game after missing the previous game against Colombia because Southgate allowed him to go home for the birth of his third child. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "Coach of England wins the nation’s heart by being a nice guy," 10 July 2018 Choose home made sauces with your pasta, choose olive oil on toast and cook your rice yourself! Rebecca Shinners, Health.com, "The Surprising Thing Kayla Itsines Says You Should Do If You Want Stronger Abs," 10 July 2018 Under George Thiel’s 60-year watch, every firefighter went home. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Friends, family remember former Griffith fire chief," 9 July 2018 After more than a day of protests, President Jovenel Moïse said fuel prices would revert to their original rates and urged protesters to go home. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Haiti 'just completely blew up,' NC pastor says of stranded mission team," 9 July 2018 After going home to Denver and moving in with her sister Mary, she was soon drafted to help with tuberculosis, which was a major problem for the city. Eliza Mcgraw, Smithsonian, "Florence Sabin Pioneered Her Way in Medical Science, Then Made Sure Other Women Could Do the Same," 6 July 2018 Many people stood outside the Ribfest gates waiting for the grounds to reopen, and some went home, Howenstine said. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Inclement weather cuts Ribfest opening night short; organizers optimistic for Thursday," 5 July 2018

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

Baltimore County home prices dipped 0.4 percent to $249,000, while Anne Arundel County homes decreased in price 0.5 percent to $340,000. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "With inventory tight, home prices continue to rise in Baltimore region," 11 July 2018 Within days of Carlisle’s report, NEJM had homed in on 11 of its papers with the loudest alarm bells. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "Following charges of flawed statistics, major medical journal sets the record straight," 13 June 2018 Investigators eventually homed in on him after getting a partial DNA match with his brother - a convicted rapist with DNA in the system. Dale Kasler And Anita Chabria, sacbee, "How private is your DNA on ancestry websites? East Area Rapist case raises questions | The Sacramento Bee," 26 Apr. 2018 Despite early suggestions that the brutal murders may have been committed by three white or Latino men, San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies homed in on Cooper, who had escaped from a prison in Chino two days earlier. Laura J. Nelson, latimes.com, "Brown will consider new DNA testing in Chino Hills murder case," 5 July 2018 Since their launch in 2014, Canines for Conservation has completed over 200 busts of poached merchandise, homing in on ivory elephant tusks, pangolin scales, rhinoceros horns and more with 90 percent accuracy. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "It’s Pooches vs. Poachers in the Fight Against Wildlife Smugglers," 22 June 2018 That seems to be exactly what Orange is doing: homing in, documentary-like, on the details, using fiction as a camera that sees and records without mythologizing. Chelsea Leu, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘There There,’ by Tommy Orange," 6 June 2018 Duncan was accepted with Cotton into the organization to also be re-homed. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Give one of these Valley rescue pets a forever home this week," 22 June 2018 During his remarks, Trump homed in on Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., who recently lost his primary. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Immigration fight is no picnic: Reps brawl, Dems jeer and cops search for Trump-accosting intern," 21 June 2018

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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, 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


see home entry 1


see home entry 1


see home entry 1

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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.


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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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