\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

Instead of staying in one of the city's many hotels, the Morocco-native decided to forgo amenities (many of the hotels are resort-style) and stayed in a home on the main strip of town. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "An Awe-Inspiring Visit to Ushuaia, Argentina, Also Known as “the End of the World”," 29 Nov. 2018 Lowrider Baking Company, a fixture at Seattle-area farmers markets, now has a home at the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, according to Seattle Met. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "From hot ramen to hotter hot pot: 30 restaurant openings in Seattle and on the Eastside," 28 Nov. 2018 Conditions in a home impacting the daily emotional well-being of the person(s) seeking relief. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "Your Divorce Glossary: A-to-Z Terms You Need to Know," 26 Nov. 2018 Seth Wenig/AP Katie Brennan says that after a bar outing with Murphy campaign staffers and volunteers in April 2017, Albert Alvarez offered her a ride home. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Democrats won 6 more state governments. New Jersey shows what they can do.," 21 Nov. 2018 Ocasio-Cortez is far from the only politician from modest means who has struggled to find a new home after prevailing on Election Day. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a point about housing for Congress," 21 Nov. 2018 Jennifer was raised on the South Side of Chicago, and now owns a home in suburban Burr Ridge. Marie Milano, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About Jennifer Hudson's Son, David Daniel Otunga Jr.," 30 Oct. 2018 In the book, Margaret also talks about exploring her faith after being brought up in a home with a Christian mother and Jewish father. Eileen Reslen, Town & Country, "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret By Judy Blume Will Be Made Into a Movie," 18 Oct. 2018 First, development puts more homes and humans in harm's way when a fire does occur. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "What is going on with California’s horrific fires?," 13 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

That island is also home to Epstein’s foundation, the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation — best known for donating $30 million to Harvard University for the establishment of a mathematical biology and evolutionary dynamics program. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained," 3 Dec. 2018 He will be based in Gurgaon, a rapidly growing tech hub on the outskirts of New Delhi that is also home to other big names like Google and Microsoft. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The UK’s inquiry into fake news is focused on a long-dead bikini-finding app," 27 Nov. 2018 The most troubling shift may be how economically struggling rural and exurban areas, which are losing young adults, are increasingly home to concentrated populations of older adults who lack the means to relocate and end up aging in place. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Senior housing: Older Americans face affordability, accessibility challenges," 14 Nov. 2018 Out of the chaos, to the hospital and eventually, back home to the idyllic community of Bonney Lake, Washington, an hour southeast of Seattle. Fox News, "Living with fear: Vegas shooting survivor, wife march on," 27 Sep. 2018 Unlike Meghan’s rumored recent cross-country travels back home to Toronto, which somehow went completely unseen by the press, Doria’s time at L.A. airport was captured in footage obtained by Inside Edition and published on Monday. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Mother Doria Ragland is Reportedly on Her Way to London After Being Spotted at the Airport," 18 Sep. 2018 Target shoppers in some urban markets also can have in-store purchases delivered home the same day for a $7 fee, a service the company calls Delivery From Store. Khadeeja Safdar, WSJ, "Black Friday Shoppers Beware: Online Shopping Gets More Complicated," 18 Nov. 2018 Once on the beach, Ashlee started looking for rocks to take home to her father. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "This Couple Married at Their Fantasy Location: A 70-Acre Farm in Minnesota," 16 Nov. 2018 Ormseth says this tier is geared towards the Uber loyalist who takes four UberX rides a week, like back home from work most nights (or to and from bars on the weekend). Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Uber's New Rewards Program Offers Priority Airport Pick-Up, Locked-In Pricing," 14 Nov. 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

The new missile uses semi-active laser homing guidance. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army's Recoilless Rifle Is Getting a Huge Upgrade: Laser-Guided Warheads," 10 Oct. 2018 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

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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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