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

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 The home started out nearly empty and devoid of any real interior design elements. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "HGTV's 'A Very Brady Renovation' Is Coming So Soon: Here's What to Know," 11 May 2019 Her latest nail look is a jade marble mani that looks like it's inspired by the kitchen island in the suburban home of your fanciest friend — the house that was always stocked with the best snacks. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Rihanna's Jade Manicure Is a New Take on the Marble Nail Trend," 10 May 2019 The future is the home of our deepest fears and wildest hopes. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "30 Of The Best Quotes From All 15 Seasons Of Grey's Anatomy," 10 May 2019 An Associated Press reporter was turned away Thursday from what was believed to be the home the suspect shared with his parents. Melinda Deslatte, The Seattle Times, "Shock at arrest of deputy’s son in black church fires," 14 Apr. 2019 In school, out in the world and even in our own homes, we've been conditioned to think that the definition of gender is limited to either male or female and that you were born either/or. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "What Does 'Agender' Mean?," 3 May 2019 The GH Beauty Lab tested popular at-home wax kits and recommends Parissa Organic Wax. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "12 Must-Know Things to Consider Before Waxing Your Face," 30 Apr. 2019 And with these star pieces in the home, there needed to be a proper supporting cast. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Inside an Unconventionally Glam Family Home in Chicago’s Historic Palmolive Building," 30 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The show has filmed a handful of interior and exterior shots on the property, which was home to her character, Rayna Jaymes. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "The Real-Life House Where Rayna Jaymes Lived on 'Nashville' Is for Sale," 18 May 2019 The Rift Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is also home to Turkana Boy, the most complete skeleton ever found of early man. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Kenya's New Museum Will Pay Homage to Our Ancient Heritage," 17 May 2019 That's especially true of Ex-Hacienda de San Pedro Martir, a historical property hidden away in the vibrant but decidedly peaceful neighborhood of Coyoacan (which is also home to Frida Kahlo's infamous blue house). Sara-mae Albert, ELLE Decor, "How to Be the Ultimate Weekend Host for Out-of-Town Guests," 15 May 2019 The Duchess of Sussex may be home in Windsor, resting with her newborn son Archie, but her philanthropic efforts are still making the news. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Never-Before-Seen Photos of Meghan Markle Reveal Her Secret Visit to Shout, a New Crisis Text Line," 10 May 2019 Ulta locations are now home to DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, Olive Virgin Oil, Astaxanthin Collagen All-In-One Gel, Extra Nighttime Moisturizer, and Concentrated Eye Cream. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Japanese Beauty Brand DHC Is Now Sold at Ulta," 11 Mar. 2019 The lot, which was formerly a parking facility, is now home to two triangular buildings linked together by an intricate brick facade by Danish designer Petersen Tegl, wedging itself perfectly into this sliver of city space. Nicole Engelman, ELLE Decor, "The Most Beautiful Apartment on Earth Is in NYC and The Future Perfect Is Responsible," 29 Apr. 2019 Notre Dame Cathedral was home to a vast collection of art and religious relics that came under threat when Monday’s blaze broke out. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "What Was Saved in the Notre Dame Cathedral Fire," 17 Apr. 2019 Wayfair is currently having its biggest clearance event of the year, a.k.a Way Day, and that means there are massive deals on anything and everything home related for 36 hours ONLY. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Wayfair's Best Way Day Sale Is This Robotic Vacuum That's Amazing for Pet Hair," 10 Apr. 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

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 Its last bastion: appliances and home improvement, both areas that home improvement retailer Lowe’s is targeting. Anne D'innocenzio, The Seattle Times, "Retailers aim to pick up business from defunct, dying rivals," 21 Nov. 2018 Now, a new crop of startups are taking a swing at the rapidly evolving urban food-service industry by homing in on one layer of business—the cooking facilities. Marc Vartabedian, WSJ, "Food Delivery Startups Cook Up New Model That’s All About the Kitchen," 28 Jan. 2019 Much of Kondo’s cleverness, therefore, is homing in on the inverse relationship between bounty and gratitude. Lonnie Firestone, Glamour, "It Took a Fire in My Building to Understand Marie Kondo's Method," 15 Jan. 2019

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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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