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homestead

noun home·stead \ ˈhōm-ˌsted , -stid \

Definition of homestead

1 a :the home and adjoining land occupied by a family
b :an ancestral home
c :house
2 :a tract of land acquired from U.S. public lands by filing a record and living on and cultivating the tract

Examples of homestead in a Sentence

  1. They decided to farm the old homestead.

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First Known Use of homestead

before 12th century


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homestead

verb home·stead \ ˈhōm-ˌsted \

Definition of homestead

transitive verb
:to acquire or occupy as a homestead
intransitive verb
:to acquire or settle on land under a homestead law

homesteader

play \ˈhōm-ˌste-dər\ noun

Examples of homestead in a Sentence

  1. They homesteaded the territory in the 1860s.

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First Known Use of homestead

1867


Homestead

geographical name Home·stead \ ˈhōm-ˌsted \

Definition of Homestead

city in southeastern Florida southwest of Miami population 60,512

HOMESTEAD Defined for English Language Learners

homestead

noun

Definition of homestead for English Language Learners

  • : a house and the farmland it is on

  • : a piece of government land that a person could acquire by living on it and farming it when the western part of the U.S. was being settled


HOMESTEAD Defined for Kids

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homestead

noun home·stead \ ˈhōm-ˌsted \

Definition of homestead for Students

1 :a home and the land around it
2 :a piece of land gained from United States public lands by living on and farming it

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homestead

verb

Definition of homestead for Students

homesteaded; homesteading
:to acquire or settle on public land for use as a homestead

homesteader

\ˈhōm-ˌste-dər\ noun

Law Dictionary

homestead

noun home·stead \ ˈhōm-ˌsted, -stid \

legal Definition of homestead

1 a :the home and adjoining land with any buildings that is occupied usually by a family as its principal residence
b :an estate created by law in a homestead especially for the purpose of taking advantage of a homestead exemption
2 :a tract of land acquired from U.S. public lands by filing a record and living on and cultivating the tract


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