home

noun
\ ˈhōm \

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 , 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

Applicants would sign up, submit documentation and then an inspector would visit the home to assess damage. Katie Honan, WSJ, "New York City’s Sandy Rebuilding Program Was Plagued From the Start, Study Says," 11 Feb. 2019 Last night, high above the frenzy of fashion week, the Manhattan home of Francisco Costa felt utterly serene. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Franciso Costa Celebrates the Launch of his Skincare Line Costa Brazil," 9 Feb. 2019 The victims inside the home have yet to be publicly identified. John Antczak, The Seattle Times, "Police: Pilot in fatal California crash had fake records," 6 Feb. 2019 The home was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's son, Lloyd Wright, for his friend John Sowden back in 1926—and as the house's website notes, it was made to party. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "I Am the Night," 5 Feb. 2019 After Steven said his mother would be interested in donating, Murphy offered to take the boy home. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "The True Story Behind Cary Stayner's Murders and His Brother Steven's Legacy," 25 Jan. 2019 As the home’s third owners in almost 100 years, a little work had to be done to fit both their needs and their knickknacks. Laura Kostelny, Country Living, "Step Inside a Serene Bungalow," 25 Jan. 2019 But Nintendo’s tablet / console hybrid could be the perfect home for the quaint life simulator. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The 40 games we can’t wait to play in 2019," 26 Dec. 2018 The investment fund, which has raised $260 million so far, aims to help build at least 8,000 homes in five Bay Area counties within the next 10 years, according to its leaders. Nour Malas, WSJ, "Facebook CEO’s Foundation, Firms to Raise $500 Million for San Francisco-Area Housing," 24 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Prepare this slow-cooker dinner in the morning to come home to a hearty bowl of this spicy chili. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Chili," 30 Jan. 2019 So with some air-traffic controllers staying home, delays and cancellations may be less frequent when skies are already thinned out. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "What Fliers Should Keep in Mind as the Shutdown Pauses," 25 Jan. 2019 Bed Bath & Beyond also tweeted a blog post specifically targeted at people staying home on New Year’s Eve. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "How brands are capitalizing on your lack of plans.," 26 Dec. 2018 Surveys indicate that voter enthusiasm is at an all-time high this year, but if history is any indicator, most eligible voters will stay home. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber is offering $10 off rides to polling locations on Election Day," 24 Oct. 2018 Claire and Jamie show up two months later, hold their grandson and decide to head home to Fraser’s Ridge. Marie Claire, "'Outlander' Season 4 Finale Recap: 5 Biggest Takeaways," 28 Jan. 2019 These security systems are flexible, reliable and easy to install yourself. Do-it-yourself home security companies aren’t like the ADTs and Vivints of the world. Cnet.com, The Seattle Times, "4 home security systems you can install yourself," 22 Jan. 2019 Basically, the royals tried to live a normal life in the countryside in their weekend home away from the palace. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Reportedly Moving Out of Their Cotswold Home," 19 Jan. 2019 Despite the good intentions, the thought of getting up early, or heading to the gym after work instead of drinks with friends or even just home to catch up on TV, can deter some people from realizing those goals. SELF, "7 Tips for Anyone Who Wants to Start Working Out but Doesn't Know Where to Begin," 10 Jan. 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

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 Reynolds hammers home that duality in his performance, which earned him the only Academy Award nomination of his career, for Best Supporting Actor. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "6 performances that explain Burt Reynolds," 6 Sep. 2018 These are two very high-end routers, capable of theoretical speeds well beyond what most home internet connections can deliver. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Netgear’s first Wi-Fi 6 routers look like sci-fi spaceships," 7 Nov. 2018 Still, experts say there are several strategies that home buyers can employ to improve their chances, even in such a robust sellers' market. Randy Tucker, Cincinnati.com, "Five tips for success in Cincinnati's hot housing market," 24 Apr. 2018 The narrative quickly narrows, homing in on a large house in Cornwall where, on the day before Christmas, an older woman named Sophia Cleves sits in the presence of the disembodied, suspended head of a child. Meg Wolitzer, New York Times, "Beware of Family Members Bearing Gifts," 19 Jan. 2018 In the shade of the trees, the air felt like a wet blanket, and mosquitoes homed in on open flesh. Vanessa Gregory, New York Times, "A Lynching’s Long Shadow," 25 Apr. 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 \

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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