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

By closing with a home heavy half-month — which ends with the season finale April 15 against New Orleans at the AT&T Center — the Spurs have a chance to shake off their road weariness just in time for the start of the playoffs. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "Nine can’t-miss games in the Spurs’ 2019-20 schedule," 12 Aug. 2019 Heavily redacted texts show that Mayor Eric Garcetti requested for a specific home to be checked during the Woolsey fire. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Where to see the Perseid meteor shower across California," 12 Aug. 2019 Dozens of pet snakes died when a blaze ripped through a home in Delaware, a fire department official said. Washington Post, "Polar bears' use of," 12 Aug. 2019 On Saturday, one bear tried its luck in a home in Estes Park, attracted to the scent of trash in the area, the town’s police department said in a statement. Alex Horton, Anchorage Daily News, "Burglar bear fleeing Colorado police crashes through house wall ‘like the Kool-Aid Man’," 12 Aug. 2019 Earlier, city officials said in a Facebook post said that firefighters responding to a structure fire shortly after 1 a.m. rescued seven people who were trapped inside a home. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, "Firefighter loses three kids in Pennsylvania day care blaze that kills five," 11 Aug. 2019 Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a burglary in process at a home in southeast Salem just before 10 a.m., according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. oregonlive.com, "Salem homeowner assaulted with flashlight in Sunday-morning burglary," 11 Aug. 2019 Stitch, a writer who has researched the properties, explained that Fortner was a prominent Denverite, but had a second home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "Denver’s hidden midcentury-modern neighborhoods aren’t so hidden anymore," 11 Aug. 2019 The victims were on the porch of a home when they were shot. Yvonne Wenger, baltimoresun.com, "15-year-old boy on a porch in Southwest Baltimore is among six people shot overnight in city," 10 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The movie, which took home the U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and opened in select theaters on Friday, is framed in part as a personal essay from Wang. Brandon Yu, The Atlantic, "One Child Nation Paints a Harrowing Picture of an Infamous Policy," 13 Aug. 2019 One week after the mass shooting at Dayton's Oregon District, award-winning musician and Springfield, Ohio native John Legend came home to make an appearance. The Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio Native John Legend makes visit to Dayton's Oregon District," 11 Aug. 2019 And then the bear family came home and scared them all away. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "Make Minty Limeade This Weekend (Tequila Optional)," 10 Aug. 2019 Broom’s siblings, living in places like Vacaville, Calif., and Ozark, Ala., with no paths to come home, are part of the Katrina diaspora, and as extreme weather becomes the new normal, other diasporas have followed. New York Times, "After Hurricane Katrina, How Do You Return Home When Home No Longer Exists?," 10 Aug. 2019 Coming home, however, bears a weight of responsibility for Harris. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride keeper Ashlyn Harris reflects on NWSL career ahead of 100th cap," 9 Aug. 2019 Maybe your kid has come home from school crying after their classmates made fun of their lunch. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "It's Time to Stop Commenting on Your Coworker's Lunch," 8 Aug. 2019 The detective said the victim of the La Cañada break-in returned home at around 2:45 p.m. and discovered a glass door had been broken and the interior of the residence ransacked. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Trio of suspects nabbed in Aug. 1 GPD chase tied to La Cañada break-in," 8 Aug. 2019 But some people played and went home and upended their lives. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "In a chaotic world, escape rooms make sense.," 7 Aug. 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

By studying natural variations in root structure and the genetics associated with these variations, the team homed in on a previously unknown biological pathway that regulates auxin, a plant hormone that helps control root growth. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Salk Institute scientists get to the root of plant growth," 11 July 2019 Price calculated traffic patterns, population growth and proximity to freeways — and in 1953 homed in on 160 acres of orange groves as the perfect site for a manicured magic land. Jim Webster, Twin Cities, "In Orlando or Anaheim for a Disney vacation? Explore the cities beyond the gates, too," 29 June 2019 Price calculated traffic patterns, population growth and proximity to freeways — and in 1953 homed in on 160 acres of orange groves as the perfect site for a manicured magic land. Noy Thrupkaew And Jim Webster, Houston Chronicle, "In Orlando or Anaheim for a Disney vacation? Explore the cities beyond the gates, too," 28 June 2019 For some scientists, homing in on how a chain of genetic material was able to come together to start terrestrial life now involves looking away from Earth. Luba Ostashevsky, Ars Technica, "How did life begin? It’s Chemistry 101, but in space," 26 Feb. 2018 Minter is from Loxley while Sellers home town is currently unknown. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al.com, "Teen Baldwin Co. driver of Jeep that killed 2 and forced early child birth could face charges," 6 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. 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

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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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