\ 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



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 How to pronounce Home (audio) , 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

Grand Bahama is home to the Freeport Container Port, a deep water port for oceangoing container ships. Washington Post, "Tourist-dependent Bahamas says it’s still open for business," 9 Sep. 2019 Her troubles are compounded because her husband, a migrant worker in Saudi Arabia, faces difficulties in sending her money, throwing light on the impact of migration on women who are left behind by their husbands that seek employment away from home. Nyay Bhushan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Oscars: Nepal Selects 'Bulbul' for International Feature Category," 7 Sep. 2019 Police say Meola’s gray 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee has been reported stolen from the home. Kaylee Remington, cleveland.com, "65-year-old Painesville man found dead in home, police say," 7 Sep. 2019 Chicago is home to Uber Freight, the company’s fastest-growing business unit. Ally Marotti, chicagotribune.com, "Uber will start showing public transit routes to Chicago-area app users Monday," 6 Sep. 2019 Both modern and retro in design, the loft is home to an assemblage of art and design pieces that capture the zeitgeist of the ’70s with gusto. Vogue, "Inside Alan Faena’s All-White Hideout, Where Fashion Week’s Finest Came to Play," 6 Sep. 2019 Most San Franciscans know that the city is home to a number of New Deal projects, civic improvements carried out by President Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration and other federal agencies during the Great Depression. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "Not just Washington High murals: WPA’s work lives on, all over San Francisco," 6 Sep. 2019 China is home to 70% of global lithium cell manufacturing capacity, with the United States in second place at 12%, said Simone Tagliapietra, a climate and energy fellow at Bruegel, the European economic think tank. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "Volkswagen's electric future is quickly taking shape," 6 Sep. 2019 Kodiak is home to the nation’s largest Coast Guard base, and each summer brings a wave of transfers. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s coastal communities prepare for big change as ferry cuts arrive this week," 5 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Then, the officer must go home and wait to be cleared to return to duty and for officials to determine whether the shooting was legally sound. AZCentral.com, "Police shootings in Arizona," 10 Sep. 2019 The other four children had minor injuries and were expected to go home Tuesday, Williams said. Alex Sundby, CBS News, "School bus driver killed, 8 students injured in crash off Mississippi highway," 10 Sep. 2019 Some who walked held potted plants and other greenery, and guests went home with plants of their own. Washington Post, "Kate Spade takes NY Fashion Week guests on a city safari," 10 Sep. 2019 James R Vincelli, 75 of Ormond Beach, FL went home to the Lord on Friday, September 6th 2019. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 9/9," 9 Sep. 2019 After a cesarean section and three days in the St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Schalker went back to prison and her daughter, Indigo, went home without her. Ryan Faircloth, Twin Cities, "‘An insult to child development’: MN prisons mull alternatives to incarceration for pregnant women," 8 Sep. 2019 Against a rival Nebraska refuses to respect as an equal, no matter what the scoreboard insists, the loser in this renewal of a series between two former Big 12 Conference foes went home mad. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: How did Buffs coach Mel Tucker celebrate crazy victory against Big Red Whiners from Nebraska? By taking selfies with fans.," 7 Sep. 2019 After getting a custom nail art manicure in New York City in 2012, Bowen came home to Colorado and started searching for a Front Range nail tech who could do something similar. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "A new generation of Denver nail salons are booking up months in advance for Instagram-worthy nail art," 5 Sep. 2019 Typical of entrepreneurs, Ling and Shine were working long hours and going home feeling exhausted. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "These millennials were so burned out, they’re building a startup to combat burnout," 3 Sep. 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

Mother Candi, who home schools Coco to accommodate her training and travel schedule, was a two-time Florida prep heptathlon champion who went on to excel at Florida State as both a heptathlete and hurdler. Wayne Coffey, USA TODAY, "Tennis sensation Coco Gauff embraces Michelle Obama's advice for the U.S. Open and beyond," 22 Aug. 2019 As onlookers with binoculars homed in on the site over a mile away from their boat, several more whale spouts emerged. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Humpbacks, killer whales, fin whales star in coastal spectacle," 28 Aug. 2019 Listening to the receiver in the truck and on foot, Bartoszek and his colleagues homed in on other sentinels—snakes named Severus, Shrek, Quatro, Stan Lee, Elvis, Harriet, Donnie Darko, Luther and Ender. Gena Steffens, Smithsonian, "The Snakes That Ate Florida," 11 July 2019 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

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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

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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The first known use of home was before the 12th century

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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.


\ 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.



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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