homebound

1 of 2

adjective (1)

home·​bound ˈhōm-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce homebound (audio)
: going homeward : bound for home
homebound travelers

homebound

2 of 2

adjective (2)

: confined to the home

Examples of homebound in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Using cars instead of dispensary counters, small marijuana startups have proliferated in recent years, serving a diverse customer base that includes homebound medical patients as well as people in communities where dispensaries are banned or few in number. Peter Hecht, Sacramento Bee, 21 Feb. 2024 During the pandemic, many homebound workers adopted pets. Matt Keenan, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024 On Earth, homebound researchers have used simulated Martian soil, as Mr. Mendoza did, to learn about crop growth on that otherworldly world. Sarah Scoles, New York Times, 27 Nov. 2023 Onstage, Reich was confronted not by the usual crowd primed with cocktails but by an enormous flat-screen monitor, which displayed thirty-odd homebound viewers in a checkerboard of Zoom squares. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 8 Dec. 2023 Helping homebound seniors: The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites the community to help 16 homebound seniors — 12 women and four men. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Nov. 2023 The Gothenburg—New York EWR route is scheduled to have its first homebound flight on April 27 and then its first outbound flight on April 28. Michele Herrmann, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2023 Workers are spending that extra time in unexpected ways, separate research finds, with 40% of homebound employees using it to do extra work for their primary or secondary jobs. Chris Morris, Fortune, 18 Oct. 2023 These factors can be environmental, personal or related to health and age: Being homebound Residing in polluted areas Working night shifts Having a darker skin complexion Aging What Prevents Vitamin D Absorption? Anna Nordseth, Discover Magazine, 10 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective (1)

home entry 1 + bound entry 3

Adjective (2)

home entry 1 + bound entry 1

First Known Use

Adjective (1)

1598, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of homebound was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Homebound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homebound. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

homebound

1 of 2 adjective
home·​bound ˈhōm-ˌbau̇nd How to pronounce homebound (audio)
: going or heading for home
homebound travelers

homebound

2 of 2 adjective
: confined to the home
was homebound with a broken foot

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