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

Who believes a six or seven story apartment complex across from their house wouldn’t have a negative affect on their value of their home. Jennifer Bolton, Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Place proposal heads to second Planning and Zoning meeting," 15 July 2019 Syrian civil war: Mahmood Loul, a dental student who fled his home in Syria when the civil war broke out, discusses what’s happened in the country and his hometown of Idlib, and how people can help from here. SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area political events: LGBTQ political leadership, Tom Steyer," 15 July 2019 Much of this England victory was owed to those born outside of the country who have made this their home. James Masters, CNN, "How 'luck of the Irish' and 'Allah' inspired England's World Cup win," 15 July 2019 This one includes an Amazon Smart Plug for automating your home. Wired Staff, WIRED, "The 47 Best Amazon Prime Day Tech Deals," 15 July 2019 Just note that the Radius 2.0 is for outdoor use only, so don't use this inside your home. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This Portable DEET-Free, No-Spray Mosquito Repellent Is on Sale Right Now," 15 July 2019 He was convicted of 1998 of murdering his wife, Susan, in their Randolph home. Gal Tziperman Lotan, BostonGlobe.com, "In first year of medical parole, just four inmates granted reprieve," 15 July 2019 Deciding to leave Misfit felt like watching a new family move into your childhood home. Ann Yang, Bon Appétit, "I Started a Successful Food Company in College. By 25, I Had to Quit.," 15 July 2019 From hanging racks and leaning ladders that are hyper-functional to mood-boosting light bulbs, below, 10 Vogue editor–approved household items that will transform your home and can be shopped right now during Amazon Prime Day. Anny Choi, Vogue, "editors, about household items that made a difference in their day-to-day lives. From," 15 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Northcutt’s job was to plan for the worst, be prepared to abort the mission quickly and bring the men home safely. Los Angeles Times, "How the women of NASA made their mark on the space program," 16 July 2019 To make good on John F. Kennedy’s pledge to land a man on the moon and bring him home by the end of the 1960s, NASA spent $25.4 billion on the Apollo program—more than $150 billion in today’s dollars. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Why 'Moon Shot' Has No Place in the 21st Century," 16 July 2019 The United States responded with the launch of Explorer 1, which discovered the Van Allen radiation belts, and ultimately developed the rockets and spacecraft needed to carry astronauts to the surface of the moon and bring them safely back home. William Harwood, CBS News, "The path to Apollo 11: A timeline of the space race to land on the moon," 15 July 2019 The familiar story focuses on the journey of the brave astronauts, who brought home Moon rocks and startling photographs. Brandon R. Brown, Smithsonian, "Apollo Engineers Discuss What It Took to Land on the Moon," 12 July 2019 Then there was the Broadway show, which brought home six Tonys and is still running at 9,000 performances and counting. Kenneth Turan, latimes.com, "Review: Disney's photo-real ‘The Lion King’ remake sings a new yet familiar tune," 11 July 2019 My husband was livid, and drove the three hours to the police station to bail him out and bring him back home. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Drunken brawl leads to sulking," 10 July 2019 My husband was livid, and drove the three hours to the police station to bail him out and bring him back home. Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Drunken brawl leads to sulking," 10 July 2019 From there, the Clippers’ front office, primarily president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank and GM Michael Winger, brought it home, as owner Steve Ballmer windmilled them around from the coach’s box, checkbook in hand. Jack Mccallum, SI.com, "A Clippers Summer: How L.A.’s ‘Other’ Team Stole the NBA Offseason," 9 July 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

Simon partnered with his friend Ben Chesler, who shared his passion for social good, and the two homed in on farms as the starting point of their food recovery and delivery service. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "How Bay Area company got 200,000 people to buy ugly fruits and vegetables," 17 June 2019 Simon partnered with his friend Ben Chesler, who shared his passion for social good, and the two homed in on farms as the starting point of their food recovery and delivery service. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, "How he got 200,000 people to buy ugly fruits and vegetables," 17 June 2019 His probe of Samuels homed in on a complex in Austin, Texas, where a collection of... Peg Brickley, WSJ, "Samuels Jewelers Laundered Money in Indian Bank Fraud, Probe Finds," 21 Feb. 2019 Sometimes, critics homed in on the films’ sense of humor, like how Aladdin was built around Robin Williams’s genie, who provided an endless string of pop culture references that few kids would understand but their parents would enjoy. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Why do so many animated films have great stories? One secret: storyboarding.," 20 Nov. 2018 The video shows file footage of previous ballistic missile attacks launched by the Guard, then a graphic of a sniper rifle scope homing in on Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. Nasser Karimi, Fox News, "Iran video threatens missile strikes on UAE, Saudi Arabia," 25 Sep. 2018 More recently, an Army data analyst has homed in on a career railroad man named William J. Smith. oregonlive.com, "D.B. Cooper search leads to Bachelor Island; ex-FBI agent says suspect will get away with it ‘unless he confesses’," 27 June 2019 Forensic researchers have homed in on a range of subtle indicators that could serve as giveaways, such as the shape of light and shadows, the angles and blurring of facial features, or the softness and weight of clothing and hair. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Top AI researchers race to detect ‘deepfake’ videos: ‘We are outgunned’," 13 June 2019 Forensic researchers have homed in on a range of subtle indicators that could serve as giveaways, such as the shape of light and shadows, the angles and blurring of facial features, or the softness and weight of clothing and hair. Drew Harwell, Anchorage Daily News, "Top AI researchers race to detect ‘deepfake’ videos: ‘We are outgunned’," 13 June 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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