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Definition of homeless

: having no home or permanent place of residence

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Other Words from homeless

homelessness noun

Examples of homeless in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Evacuation shelters were open in Pendleton and at a warming station on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation usually used for homeless people. Washington Post, "Man charged in deaths of Oklahoma high school students run over by truck," 8 Feb. 2020 Impagliazzo, 90, started a group called RomAmoR, with the goal of feeding as many homeless people as possible. TheWeek, "Rome's 'Chef of the Poor' feeds the homeless across the city," 7 Feb. 2020 In 2018, the most recent year the data was available, there were 8,351 homeless people in Michigan, according to the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Charlie LeDuff's photo of dead body in Corktown reminder of his 2009 report," 6 Feb. 2020 The company is in the midst of a tax fight with Seattle, however, as the City Council considers a tax on large employers to fund affordable housing and homeless services. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Amazon is going on a hiring spree on its home turf," 6 Feb. 2020 There are an estimated 130,000 homeless people in the state, including around 28,000 in the San Francisco Bay Area and 60,000 in Los Angeles County alone. Michael Tanner, National Review, "California Needs Housing — and Won’t Get It," 5 Feb. 2020 Dwayne Johnson had been open about struggles his father faced growing up in Canada, becoming homeless at 13 and eventually beginning his wrestling career in 1964 in and around Toronto. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, "Rocky Johnson Biopic Filmmakers Remember Dwayne Johnson's Father," 3 Feb. 2020 Each Monday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings homeless people lined up to take 20-minute showers. Sara Cline, ExpressNews.com, "City purchasing first mobile shower unit for San Antonio’s homeless," 30 Jan. 2020 Almost every European country is seeing a rise in the number of homeless people, including those who live in temporary accommodation, as well as the smaller number who live on the streets. The Economist, "How to cut homelessness in the world’s priciest cities," 18 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of homeless

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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12 Feb 2020

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“Homeless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homeless. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of homeless

: having no place to live


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Kids Definition of homeless

: having no home or permanent residence

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homelessness noun

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