\ 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 inmissiles 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 The athlete then reportedly commissioned her to create another painting of him in a mural at his home. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Antonio Brown Shares Message About ‘Faith’ After Second Woman Accuses Him of Sexual Misconduct," 17 Sep. 2019 In the midst of fighting a very public battle to keep the clinic in operation, McNicholas told CBS News that she was advised to increase the security protocols at her home. Kate Smith, CBS News, "Violence against abortion clinics hit a record high last year. Doctors say it's getting worse.," 17 Sep. 2019 ABC News reports Ocasek was found unconscious and unresponsive in bed at his home Sunday afternoon in New York City. Cliff Pinckard, oregonlive, "Ric Ocasek, lead singer of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band the Cars, dies at age 75, reports say," 16 Sep. 2019 Gabriel joked of lei that made its way across country from his home in Hawaii. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "UCF QB Dillon Gabriel credits McKenzie Milton for helping him quickly adapt to lead Knights," 16 Sep. 2019 Michael Jones allegedly stored the bodies at their home in an unincorporated community in Marion County before taking them to Georgia, the sheriff’s office said. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, "Remains of four children and mother are found in Georgia; husband charged," 16 Sep. 2019 The couple was taken to the hospital around midnight Friday after being hit by a vehicle at their home in Athens, the authorities said. Ashley Remkus | Aremkus@al.com, al, "Athens city councilman and wife remain hospitalized after being hit by vehicle," 16 Sep. 2019 In September 2018, thousands of residents in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover in Massachusetts were forced to evacuate their homes due to a massive gas leak. Gina Martinez, Time, "1 Firefighter Killed, Multiple Injured in Gas Explosion at Maine Nonprofit," 16 Sep. 2019 Some residents on Nextdoor complained their dogs were upset by the music and others said their homes were rattling and windows shaking from the music coming from the fairgrounds. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Hometown Rising music festival's organizers silent amid noise complaints from neighbors," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb After his own experience with the problem, Andrade had to go home to wash his hair before a day of meetings. Brittany Shammas, Washington Post, "A lawmaker decried pigeon poop during an interview. You can guess what happened next.," 17 Sep. 2019 Serbia: Vasilije Micic, whose mother died during this tournament, stayed with the team instead of going home early. Tim Reynolds, Houston Chronicle, "U.S. clinches worst big-tourney finish, falls 94-89 to Serbia," 12 Sep. 2019 Serbia: Vasilije Micic, whose mother died during this tournament, stayed with the team instead of going home early. Tim Reynold, courant.com, "US clinches worst big-tourney finish, falls 94-89 to Serbia," 12 Sep. 2019 The flower man got back into his truck and went home to spend the rest of the day in the greenhouse, taking care of his leafy, colorful, beautiful kids. John Carlisle, Freep.com, "Detroit flower man grows hope, brings beauty to community," 12 Sep. 2019 Vasilije Micic, whose mother died during this tournament, stayed with the team instead of going home early. Tim Reynolds, baltimoresun.com, "US loses to Serbia, 94-89, at FIBA World Cup, assuring worst major tournament finish in program history," 12 Sep. 2019 But lucky for fans who disagree, America, not Howie, will ultimately decide which of the 11 acts will go through to the finale, and which will go home. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'AGT' Fans Had A Lot to Say About How "Rude" Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell Were During Semifinals," 11 Sep. 2019 The widely accepted account that hijackers commandeered and crashed the four 9/11 planes is supported by reams of evidence, from cockpit recordings to forensics to the fact that crews and passengers never returned home. Popular Mechanics, "Debunking 9/11 Myths: About the Airplanes," 10 Sep. 2019 And just like that, fashion week is officially over and everyone else can just go home. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "James Charles Wore a Dress to the Tommy x Zendaya Runway Show at New York Fashion Week," 9 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 Grant ducked as the gunman, who had spotted and homed in on him, started firing off rounds. Susan Scutti, CNN, "A wounded El Paso hero and the Border Protection agent who saved his life reunite at his hospital bedside," 6 Aug. 2019 The dogs homed in on an apparent campsite where a human may have died and decomposed long ago. National Geographic, "Robert Ballard found the Titanic. Can he find Amelia Earhart’s airplane?," 23 July 2019 But Mary Louise wasn’t distracted by the facade of Renata’s fabulous life (the way many people at Amabella’s disco Halloween party were), homing in how little Renata has left. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Big Little Lies season 2, episode 5: “Kill Me” shows how cunning Mary Louise really is," 8 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 After another brief rocket firing to slow down for re-entry, the stage homed in on Landing Zone 4 at the Air Force base, restarting a single engine and settling to a pinpoint touchdown just a few hundred feet from the launch pad. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX launches 3 satellites to monitor Canadian territory, impact of climate change," 12 June 2019 As he and his colleagues homed in on the structure’s anatomy to prove this hypothesis, Coffey found a drawing by Leonardo depicting the mesentery as an uninterrupted structure. Claudia Kalb, National Geographic, "Why Leonardo da Vinci’s brilliance endures, 500 years after his death," 12 June 2019 Euthanasia may still have to be used sometimes, but the alliance advocates that only very sick animals or very aggressive animals – ones that can't be treated or re-homed – be considered for euthanization. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Here's what Michigan's 'no kill' status actually means," 10 Sep. 2019 In work reported last year, however, a team of researchers led by Francis and Haddock homed in on a gene that might be involved in synthesizing the luciferin. Quanta Magazine, "In the Deep, Clues to How Life Makes Light," 1 Dec. 2016

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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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24 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for home

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

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How to pronounce Home (audio)

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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