\ 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

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 Harris has lived at Blair House since the inauguration, while the U.S. Naval Observatory, the vice president's traditional home, undergoes renovations. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Kamala Harris lists $1.995 million Washington home," 6 Apr. 2021 Now that Ben goes to college near our home and Finn has a part-time job, family dinners have become less frequent. Washington Post, "How communicating, connecting with your kids could help them avoid addiction," 6 Apr. 2021 Police found the six family members dead in the home, who were the two brothers, a sister, their father and mother, and a grandmother. Jamie Stengle, USA TODAY, "6 family members dead in apparent murder-suicide at Texas home, police say," 6 Apr. 2021 And schools are different from other congregate settings, because, unlike nursing-home residents, hospital patients, or college students, young children cannot be vaccinated. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "How Can We Continue to Keep Schools Relatively Safe from the Coronavirus?," 6 Apr. 2021 Apparel sales slumped as more people started working from home and business meetings and events went virtual. Madison Iszler, San Antonio Express-News, "'Convenience is king' - pandemic accelerated changes in retail, and there may be no going back," 6 Apr. 2021 Each property includes a three-bedroom, two-bathroom 1,450-square-foot home on a 10,000-square-foot lot with a swimming pool and deck for $595,000. Jennifer Castenson, Forbes, "3D Printed Project With 15 Net Zero Energy Homes Is Just The Tip Of This Tech’s Future," 5 Apr. 2021 The Chula Vista Police Department served a search warrant at her home, where she was last seen, on Jan. 23. Paul Best, Fox News, "California missing woman's husband planned murder-for-hire scheme targeting alleged boyfriend: witness," 5 Apr. 2021 Altogether, the main home and guest house make up about 13,000 square feet. Helena Madden, Robb Report, "Home Tours: This $38 Million SoCal Mansion Has a 55-Foot Pool That Will Rival Any Resort’s," 5 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Like most companies, Nike sent its workers home and tried to adjust to a virtual workplace last spring when the virus first hit Oregon. oregonlive, "Nike contractors file $100 million in liens over headquarters expansion," 7 Apr. 2021 As Michael Sjoding, the studies’ leader, observes, this difference would also be the difference between being admitted to the hospital and being sent home. The Economist, "How medicine discriminates against non-white people and women," 7 Apr. 2021 Read more about the veep’s visit, including what other goodies Brown Sugar sent home with her. Adam Lukach, chicagotribune.com, "Eat. Watch. Do. — New restaurant reopenings | Rarely seen Britney doc | 23 top hot dog stands," 7 Apr. 2021 The company sent its corporate office staff home on March 13, 2020, but there was no plan for its call center employees who were based in U.S. cities, as well as India and the Philippines. Emily Barone, Time, "'There's Just Three Months of Time.' This Company Launched an Emergency Online Summer Camp to Keep Employees' Kids Occupied," 6 Apr. 2021 Six referees were sent home before the first game because one tested positive. Michael Marot, ajc, "NCAA may consider single site for part of future tourneys," 6 Apr. 2021 Dalton, who attends Trinity Preparatory School, said as an actor, having the vaccine will keep him from being sent home if others are exposed. Ryan Gillespie, orlandosentinel.com, "On first day of expanded eligibility, teens and 20-somethings flock to Orlando FEMA site," 5 Apr. 2021 Tom Hamilton, executive director of the School Transportation Association of Massachusetts, said there are about 1,200 fewer school bus drivers on the job since the pandemic abruptly sent students home in March 2020. BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. moves one step closer to normalcy, reaching major COVID-19 reopening milestones," 5 Apr. 2021 Office vacancy rates in the D-FW area have headed higher in the last year as the pandemic sent workers home. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "D-FW office building market still fighting COVID declines," 5 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Virtual care is likely here to stay: Medicare began covering remote appointment benefits in 2019, but limited them to rural areas and non-home settings. oregonlive, "Medicare open enrollment complicated by COVID-19, like everything else in 2020," 12 Oct. 2020 The Astros were scheduled to play two home exhibition games and six regular season games at Minute Maid Park prior to April 9 — the earliest date on which the schedule will resume. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' George Springer donates $100K to Minute Maid Park employees," 14 Mar. 2020 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 Hometown cookware company Nordic Ware began selling the pans to home cooks in 2001. Genevieve Ko New York Times, Star Tribune, "Let sheet pans be your savior for quick, easy meals," 7 Apr. 2021 Chris Constant, the Anchorage Assembly member for downtown, said the units can open the door to home ownership at a cost that’s not much more than rent. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "New ‘cottages’ near downtown Anchorage seen as one possible solution to city’s housing shortage," 4 Apr. 2021 For example, Microsoft offers Office 2019 to home users for a flat $150. Nicole Nguyen, WSJ, "Subscriptions Are Getting Out of Hand. Here’s How to Manage Them.," 21 Mar. 2021 Competition is fierce, so consumers look for companies that home in on their pain points and goals. Thomas Griffin, Forbes, "Three Ways Machine Learning Helps Tech Businesses," 18 Mar. 2021 No chemicals are available to home gardeners to manage this disease. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Excellent air circulation is key to clearing up grape bunch rot," 14 Mar. 2021 The cookware company Nordic Ware began selling the pans to home cooks in 2001. New York Times, "The (Surprising) Rise of the Sheet Pan," 23 Feb. 2021 Giving a snapshot of who is shaping the future of fine dining, Today’s Special immerses home cooks in the global food scene while providing a new guide for food-loving travelers. Lauren Jade Hill, Forbes, "20 Top Chefs Uncover The Newest Stars In Global Fine Dining," 3 Mar. 2021 The job of trauma researchers is to home in on an understanding of those differences and come up with therapies informed by them. Erika Hayasaki, Wired, "How to Remember a Disaster Without Being Shattered by It," 23 Feb. 2021

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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, hoome "dwelling, building, one's native town or land," going back to Old English hām "landed property, estate, dwelling, house, inhabited place, native land," going back to Germanic *haima- "dwelling" (whence also Old Saxon & Old Frisian hēm "home, dwelling," Middle Dutch heem, heim "dwelling," Old High German heima "dwelling, homeland," Old Norse heimr "abode, land, this world," Gothic haims "village, countryside, [in compounds] home"), of uncertain origin

Note: A widely accepted etymology sees Germanic *haima- as going back to Indo-European *ḱoi-mo, an o-grade derivative, with a suffix *-mo-, of the verbal base *ḱei- "lie, be at rest." Also from *ḱoi-mo- would be an assumed Greek *koímē or *koîmos "bed," the source of the denominal derivative koimáō, koimân "to put to bed, lay to rest" (see cemetery); further associated are Lithuanian šeimà "family, household members (including servants)," Latvian sàime, Russian Church Slavic sěmĭ "person," sěmija, translating Greek andrápoda "prisoners of war sold as slaves," sěminŭ "slave, household member," Russian sem'já "family," Ukrainian sim'já. (Lithuanian kiẽmas "farmstead, village" and káimas "village" are perhaps related, via a form with a centum outcome of ḱ, or as a loanword from Germanic.) According to an alternative hypothesis, Germanic *haima- goes back to Indo-European *tḱoi̯-mo-, a derivative with *-mo- from Indo-European *tḱei̯- "dwell, inhabit" (in a more traditional representation *ḱþei̯-; see amphictyony). Directly comparable would be Sanskrit kṣémaḥ "habitable," kṣémaḥ or -am (noun) "calm, quiet, safety," which within Sanskrit are direct derivatives from kṣéti "(s/he) dwells." The Baltic and Slavic forms cited above would then be attributable to this form.


Middle English hom, going back to Old English hām, probably from accusative of hām "dwelling, home entry 1" (with parallel forms in other Germanic languages)


from attributive use of home entry 1


derivative of 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.


\ 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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