\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

However, the housing market changed significantly and a there has been a large influx of homes in that area. Gary Gibula, Naperville Sun, "Naperville answering demand for pickleball with new courts at Nike Complex, Southwest Park," 14 July 2018 The catalog will be mailed to millions of homes and handed out at Whole Foods stores, Bloomberg reports. Ben Meyerson, RedEye Chicago, "Jay-Z and Trayvon Martin, Amazon and Toys R Us, and more conversation starters for your weekend," 13 July 2018 One row of homes survived the night, thanks to you. Lizzie Johnson, SFChronicle.com, "Regret haunts Wine Country fire hero: ‘I’ve never cried this much’," 13 July 2018 Flood insurance purchase requirements went away for thousands of homes in the two counties. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Do you have enough homeowner insurance? Here's how to find out," 13 July 2018 Then came the Thomas Fire, considered the largest in California's history, which decimated hundreds of homes in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Heidi De Marco, chicagotribune.com, "The other victims: first responders to horrific disasters often suffer in solitude," 13 July 2018 Families can register their students in the convenience of home. Diane Smith, star-telegram, "Hey, Fort Worth students, do you know what time classes start next school year?," 13 July 2018 Two minutes later, Croatia scored the equaliser and football was proceeding to divert away from the direction of home. SI.com, "England: Who Is to Blame?," 12 July 2018 Although most of the project's 9000 megawatts of electricity would flow through an undersea cable to power millions of homes in Indonesia, some of that power could be used to generate ammonia for long-distance export. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

After centerfielder Nick Hovarth drew a walk and first baseman Seamus Curran grounded a single to right, third baseman Willy Yahn poked a Bermuda Triangle popup to center field to bring home the first run of the game. Chris Jeter, The Aegis, "Back home, IronBirds snap losing skid with 6-1 win over Brooklyn," 12 July 2018 Yet for all of their history of tolerance and agitation for the Union’s side in the war, their heritage as a stop on the Underground Railroad, the town of Gilead is not going to be ready for Jack Boughton to bring home his black family. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "What two fictional Gileads can teach us about America in 2018," 12 July 2018 His replacement threw wild pitches, which brought home a run. Nathan Cambridge, latimes.com, "Burbank 8-10 All-Stars fend off Crescenta Valley again for D16 title," 12 July 2018 For example, in 1970 during the Apollo 13 mission, Gene Kranz was in charge of an enormous team on the ground that helped bring three astronauts home after an oxygen tank explosion forced them to abort their trip to the moon. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "NASA names six new flight directors to take the helm of mission control," 12 July 2018 Indeed the couple brought the blissful vibe of their travels home with them with Bieber sporting a tan and a baseball cap from Bahamian tourist spot Baker’s Bay and Baldwin wearing her massive diamond engagement ring. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Ease Into a Comfort Zone With Couple Style," 11 July 2018 Overall about 90 divers, including 50 foreigners from around the world, helped to bring the 13 targets home and dry. The Economist, "A cave rescue in Thailand shows Britain’s skill at spelunking," 11 July 2018 Will the king @harrykane bring it home tonight and secure that place in the final?! SI.com, "Glenn Hoddle Voices Harry Kane Fitness Concerns Ahead of Semi Final Showdown," 11 July 2018 Hundreds of Republicans are believed to be buried there, and seven families are currently waging a campaign to bring their relatives home. Joseph Zeballos-roig, The New Republic, "How to Dig Up a Dictator," 11 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

Nonetheless, the Buffalo Jump takes a stab at something like it, homing in on the Cape, fertile ground both literally and metaphorically. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "What’s on the menu at Falmouth’s Buffalo Jump? ‘Weird food that only weirdos like’," 11 July 2018 Just how picky can home sellers be when choosing a buyer? Nneka Mcguire, chicagotribune.com, "Should you buy a home in 2017? Here's what 3 experts say.," 11 May 2018 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

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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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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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