\ ˈhōm How to pronounce home (audio) \
plural homes

Definition of home

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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 their children comes from a loving 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 4)

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 4)

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 4)

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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As the sole decision-maker on behalf of her father, Schneider helped turn her father’s home into a patient care center practically overnight and helped assemble five different machines for him. Alexa Mikhail, Fortune, 5 Aug. 2022 Business investment in factories and equipment fell in the April through June quarter, as did new home construction and government spending. Larry Edelman, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Aug. 2022 By the late 1930s, refrigerators were finding their way into every American home. Fox News, 5 Aug. 2022 And the Fed's rate hikes have caused average mortgage rates to nearly double to 4.99%, causing a sharp fall in home sales and construction. Christopher Rugaber, ajc, 5 Aug. 2022 According to court documents, on July 25, three men entered the woman's home on Delhi Avenue in Sedamsville. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 5 Aug. 2022 To so many people in Southern California, Vin Scully was a voice on a transistor radio tucked under a pillow or drifting through the air from seemingly every car or home on warm summer nights. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2022 The entire mortgage industry is in a down cycle, with mortgage originations forecast to drop 40% this year from 2021 levels, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association, because of higher mortgage rates and fewer home sales and refinancings. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, 5 Aug. 2022 In addition to the search warrant for Taylor's home, three were in the Russell neighborhood for adjacent homes on Elliott Avenue and one was for a house on West Muhammad Ali Boulevard. Krista Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 5 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Earlier in the pandemic, airlines downsized as people stayed home. Zach Wichter, USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2022 Vanartsdalen remained at the neighbor’s house until the last child had gone home safely. Faith Karimi, CNN, 6 Aug. 2022 Although Paul now calls Beverly Hills home, he was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where his late father, Rich Sr., owned a corner store called R & J Confectionery. Gabrielle Chung, Peoplemag, 6 Aug. 2022 Others — mostly women — who lacked adequate child care, stayed home with young children or other vulnerable relatives. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2022 The pair, who had been driving home after picking up a meal, was stopped by authorities searching for a white car linked to a group of armed teens, the suit states. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, 6 Aug. 2022 That is a far cry from the situation two years ago when the pandemic brought economic life to a near standstill as companies shut down and millions of people stayed home. Arkansas Online, 6 Aug. 2022 Have a drink or two before walking back to Newark Penn Station and heading home for the night. Esra Erol, Bon Appétit, 5 Aug. 2022 Diamondbacks rookie Geraldo Perdomo muscled a two-strike single over the second baseman’s head, driving home the tying and go-ahead runs. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, 5 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective More than 30 San Antonio fire units were in a West Side neighborhood after a multi-home fire broke out Friday morning. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 18 Feb. 2022 Current Sea Cliff neighbors include Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, hedge-fund billionaire Tom Steyer (who owns a multi-home compound) and San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 21 Sep. 2021 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, 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, 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, 1 Oct. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This allows advertisers the opportunity to home in on their primary demographic audience and run advertisements on specific stations or programs that will reach them. Michelle Abdow, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 The next step is to target these jammers with anti-radiation missiles that home in on broadcasts. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 7 July 2022 The dissent hammers home that the modern economy requires agencies armed with scientific expertise to accomplish the goals that lawmakers set for them. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 30 June 2022 The idea is to home in on very specific objectives, develop a campaign to meet them, and use relevant metrics to determine how the campaign performed to learn for the future. Guy Alvarez, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021 The 155-millimeter-diameter Excalibur shells, which home in on a spot of laser light and can strike enemy vehicles in forests, revetments and alleyways, could help the Ukrainians to chip away at the Russian army’s firepower advantage in Ukraine. David Axe, Forbes, 28 June 2022 How can home shoppers find the most bang for their buck? oregonlive, 19 June 2022 The pursuit ultimately concluded in front of Simpson’s Brentwood home a little before 8 p.m., and negotiations began. Itzel Luna, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2022 After its decision to close the Alaska Heritage Museum, the bank made plans to re-home its collection of 14,000 items at 35 different organizations, almost all of them in Alaska. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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\ 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.

Home biographical name (1)

\ ˈhyüm How to pronounce Home (audio) , ˈhōm \

Definition of Home

 (Entry 1 of 2)

Sir Alec Douglas- 1903–1995 British prime minister (1963–64)


biographical name (2)

Definition of Home (Entry 2 of 2)

William Douglas- 1912–1992 brother of Alec Douglas-Home British dramatist

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