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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In school, out in the world and even in our own homes, we've been conditioned to think that the definition of gender is limited to either male or female and that you were born either/or. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "What Does 'Agender' Mean?," 3 May 2019 The GH Beauty Lab tested popular at-home wax kits and recommends Parissa Organic Wax. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "12 Must-Know Things to Consider Before Waxing Your Face," 30 Apr. 2019 And with these star pieces in the home, there needed to be a proper supporting cast. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Inside an Unconventionally Glam Family Home in Chicago’s Historic Palmolive Building," 30 Apr. 2019 While the kitchen is often to blame as the room of a home that generates the largest amount of plastic waste, the bathroom is hardly guiltless—and the beauty industry has come under fire for its vast contribution to the issue. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "5 Big Beauty Brands That Are Tackling the Industry’s Plastic Problem," 22 Apr. 2019 But for one woman in Taiwan, a literal blink of an eye led to a small family of bees making a temporary home under her eyelid. Marci Robin, Allure, "Doctors Found Bees Living in a Woman's Eye and I Now Wear Goggles 24 Hours a Day," 11 Apr. 2019 So tired old jokes will find a home with dull people, which may help explain the nettlesome persistence of Adam Sandler. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Would Your Clone Have the Same Sense of Humor?," 9 Apr. 2019 After the waters recede, people will need medical care, food, and supplies to rebuild their homes and lives. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "Why disaster relief is so hard," 25 Mar. 2019 Two outer planets go retrograde in your house of home and family at the end of April. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What April’s Libra Horoscope Means for You," 31 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The lot, which was formerly a parking facility, is now home to two triangular buildings linked together by an intricate brick facade by Danish designer Petersen Tegl, wedging itself perfectly into this sliver of city space. Nicole Engelman, ELLE Decor, "The Most Beautiful Apartment on Earth Is in NYC and The Future Perfect Is Responsible," 29 Apr. 2019 Notre Dame Cathedral was home to a vast collection of art and religious relics that came under threat when Monday’s blaze broke out. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "What Was Saved in the Notre Dame Cathedral Fire," 17 Apr. 2019 Wayfair is currently having its biggest clearance event of the year, a.k.a Way Day, and that means there are massive deals on anything and everything home related for 36 hours ONLY. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Wayfair's Best Way Day Sale Is This Robotic Vacuum That's Amazing for Pet Hair," 10 Apr. 2019 This quaint neighborhood is home to cozy live-music venues and boutique wine bars, as well as vintage clothing stores and French bistros. Adrienne Faurote, Marie Claire, "The Instagram Guide to Shanghai, China," 5 Apr. 2019 Advertising The 250-mile-high station is also home to two Russians. ___ The Associated Press Health & Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. Marcia Dunn, The Seattle Times, "Spacewalking astronauts install better station batteries," 3 Apr. 2019 This week’s launch trailer has me excited to wrap the show, come home, and spend all weekend getting my ass kicked by enormous monsters though. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Borderlands 3 teased for PAX East, Dwarf Fortress is coming to Steam," 15 Mar. 2019 They can be pressured to return home, arrested for disobedience or can be placed in restrictive shelters. Aya Batrawy, The Seattle Times, "Runaway Saudi sisters leave Hong Kong for new country," 25 Mar. 2019 The video then goes on to show the aircraft taking off what was until recently a secret base in the Middle East, fly a mission, and then return home. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch A U-2 Spy Plane Pilot Suit Up and Take Off on a Mission Over the Middle East," 20 Mar. 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

Still, fears over migration have proved a sure-fire vote winner for populists, and governments like those in Italy and Hungary are homing in on the issue in the run-up to the May 23-26 EU elections. Lorne Cook, The Seattle Times, "EU extends anti-migrant smuggler mission, without ships," 29 Mar. 2019 The winning team takes home their pot at the end of the competition. Nick Vadala, Philly.com, "Lafayette Hill boy moves on to semi-finals on NBC's 'Genius Junior'," 9 Apr. 2018 During his time at Raytheon, Ryan helped design the Sparrow and Hawk guided missile systems, a medium-range semi-active radar homing air-to-air missile, and a surface-to-air missile, respectively. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Barbie's Designer Got His Start Making Missiles," 7 Feb. 2019 Marshall's plan aims to help 40,000 South Australia homes purchase a battery, which need not be from any one battery maker. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "South Australia is fueling energy storage investment," 27 Nov. 2018 Its last bastion: appliances and home improvement, both areas that home improvement retailer Lowe’s is targeting. Anne D'innocenzio, The Seattle Times, "Retailers aim to pick up business from defunct, dying rivals," 21 Nov. 2018 Now, a new crop of startups are taking a swing at the rapidly evolving urban food-service industry by homing in on one layer of business—the cooking facilities. Marc Vartabedian, WSJ, "Food Delivery Startups Cook Up New Model That’s All About the Kitchen," 28 Jan. 2019 Much of Kondo’s cleverness, therefore, is homing in on the inverse relationship between bounty and gratitude. Lonnie Firestone, Glamour, "It Took a Fire in My Building to Understand Marie Kondo's Method," 15 Jan. 2019 Taking notes on a white pad, Mr. Arnold homed in on key points to press with lawmakers. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "A Billionaire Pledges to Fight High Drug Prices, and the Industry Is Rattled," 21 Oct. 2018

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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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