\ 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 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


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


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?


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.


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

Brock, who went from high school to high school, looking for a home. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "University won a state title for their 240-pound 'teddy bear' who didn't see a pitch all year.," 18 June 2019 Panasonic has exited the North American TV business, but Xumo has found a home on many TVs from the likes of LG, Vizio, Sharp and Philips. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Cord cutters — Xumo wants you," 17 June 2019 Their frequent splits left her alcoholic father without a permanent home. Stacy Perman, latimes.com, "Filmmaker Alma Har'el frees up space for women in the entertainment industry," 17 June 2019 The landscaper found the remains, believed to be human bones, shoes, and clothing, at about 10:24 a.m. Monday under brush behind a shed behind a home on Lakeshore Drive in Wakefield, the Middlesex District Attorney’s office said in a statement. Breanne Kovatch, BostonGlobe.com, "Suspected human bones found behind Wakefield shed," 17 June 2019 While there are many factors taken into consideration, a home or neighborhood needs to meet at least these two criteria to qualify: Is the area impacted by noise that exceeds 66 decibels for at least an hour per day? Dixita Limbachia, Detroit Free Press, "Sound walls planned for I-75 in Oakland County: What we know," 17 June 2019 Even today, shelter dogs that rock the look are more likely to find a home. David Grimm, Science | AAAS, "We may have helped give our canine pals ‘puppy dog eyes’," 17 June 2019 An outdoor thermometer was reported damaged June 12 and the batteries were taken from an atomic clock at a home in the 2600 block of North Dryden Place. Pioneer Press, chicagotribune.com, "Arlington Heights woman charged with child endangerment: Police," 16 June 2019 The suspect was located hours later — about 1 p.m. — in a home near 42nd and Landis streets, Delimitros said. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man holed up in City Heights home prompts police standoff," 16 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Philippine officials said a Vietnamese fishing vessel rescued the Filipinos, who were later brought home by a Philippine navy ship. Fox News, "Durterte calls for calm over Chinese sinking of fishing boat," 17 June 2019 But for now, the players are concentrating on France and bringing home a fourth World Cup championship. Anne M. Peterson, chicagotribune.com, "Carli Lloyd scores twice as U.S. beats Chile 3-0 and reaches Women's World Cup knockout round," 16 June 2019 Could the last two remaining riders, Baryard-Johnsson and Fredricson, bring home the trophy for the first time? Danielle Rossingh, CNN, "Peder Fredricson clinches home win at first Global Champions Tour in Stockholm," 15 June 2019 Ramon Laureano then delivered a two-run single to left and Jurickson Profar brought home another run with a base hit off the glove of shortstop J.P. Crawford. Steve Kroner, SFChronicle.com, "Another strong outing for Frankie Montas as A’s rip Mariners," 15 June 2019 Neville reportedly has been given free rein and prodigious budget to bring home a World Cup champion. Liz Clarke, courant.com, "The US World Cup team’s greatest challenge: rising European powers," 14 June 2019 Others experience mutual benefits from the decision (i.e., one serving as caregiver or finishing school while the other brings home the bacon). NBC News, "Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband live apart and swear by it. Can it work for you?," 13 June 2019 This is before a few friends had brought home micro pigs that turned out to be regular pigs. Anchorage Daily News, "When the mountains call, we answer — even if it’s raining," 12 June 2019 Laptops are even common in offices now, because their portability allows workers to take the job into the field with them—or more likely, to bring it home. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "I Wrote This on a 30-Year-Old Computer," 11 June 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

An internal geomagnetic compass allows them to home their way back to their nesting place each spring. Tom Montgomery Fate, chicagotribune.com, "'I can’t help but look back' — dad reflects on life after kids' graduations," 4 June 2019 This is another example of beauty brands catering to specific audiences in the way that Glossier makes products for the minimalist beauty buff and how Fenty has homed in on their underrepresented customers in terms of shade availability. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "Gucci Beauty Launches Lipsticks for the Cool Kids (That's You)," 8 May 2019 The missile then separates from the torpedo, homing in on enemy ships. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Iran Shows off Unusual Ship-Killing Torpedo/Missile Combination," 28 Feb. 2019 The Ducks shot 39 percent on the night and Altman homed in on the team's 8-of-18 effort at the free throw line. Tyson Alger, OregonLive.com, "Oregon Ducks survive Washington State, live another day at Pac-12 tournament," 8 Mar. 2018 Still, fears over migration have proved a sure-fire vote winner for populists, and governments like those in Italy and Hungary are homing in on the issue in the run-up to the May 23-26 EU elections. Lorne Cook, The Seattle Times, "EU extends anti-migrant smuggler mission, without ships," 29 Mar. 2019 The winning team takes home their pot at the end of the competition. Nick Vadala, Philly.com, "Lafayette Hill boy moves on to semi-finals on NBC's 'Genius Junior'," 9 Apr. 2018 During his time at Raytheon, Ryan helped design the Sparrow and Hawk guided missile systems, a medium-range semi-active radar homing air-to-air missile, and a surface-to-air missile, respectively. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Barbie's Designer Got His Start Making Missiles," 7 Feb. 2019 Marshall's plan aims to help 40,000 South Australia homes purchase a battery, which need not be from any one battery maker. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "South Australia is fueling energy storage investment," 27 Nov. 2018

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

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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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