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Definition of homeless

: having no home or permanent place of residence

Other Words from homeless

homelessness noun

Examples of homeless in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both had been running on a platform of cleaning up the city’s streets with an intense focus on quickly expanding shelter for homeless people and aggressively clearing encampments. Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 The last county-wide count was in January 2020 and found 7,619 homeless people, with more than half living without shelter. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 May 2022 More than seven in 10 voters think New York City is doing too little to help homeless people, the poll said. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 5 May 2022 The Trebek Center's going to be opening with 107 beds for homeless people all over the San Fernando Valley. Lanae Brody, PEOPLE.com, 4 May 2022 Another post touted a non-existent law against feeding homeless people. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 4 May 2022 Volunteers are building tiny home shelters for homeless people in Silicon Valley, part of a wave of aid for the unhoused by ordinary residents during the pandemic. Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 May 2022 The report found that 179 homeless people died from COVID-19 during the pandemic’s first year. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2022 The organization also started a street ambassador program that tasked formerly homeless veterans to clean up and beautify streets. Alexandria Burris, The Indianapolis Star, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of homeless

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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15 May 2022

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“Homeless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homeless. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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home·​less | \ ˈhōm-ləs How to pronounce homeless (audio) \

Kids Definition of homeless

: having no home or permanent residence

Other Words from homeless

homelessness noun

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