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home

noun \ ˈhōm \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of home

1 a : 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
3 a : 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.
4 a : a place of origin
  • salmon returning to their home to spawn
; also : one's own country
  • having troubles at home and abroad
b : headquarters 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

Examples of home in a Sentence

  1. Right now his home is a small apartment.

  2. People are concerned about protecting their homes.

  3. They have a second home on the lake.

  4. There's no place like home.

  5. I must have left my notes at home.

  6. She made a good home for her husband and children.

  7. The islands are home to many species of birds.

  8. Can you find homes for these files in your office?

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Origin and Etymology of home

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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home

adverb

Definition of home

1 : to or at one's place of residence or home (see 1home 1a)
  • told the dog to go home
  • stayed home all day
2 a : 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

Examples of home in a Sentence

  1. She called home to say she would be late for dinner.

  2. He's sending money home from a job overseas.

  3. She is on her way home.

  4. It's great to be back home.

  5. I can't wait to come home.

  6. He used a hammer to drive the nail home.

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Origin and Etymology of home

see 1home


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home

adjective

Definition of home

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 1home)
  • 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

Examples of home in a Sentence

  1. She has a happy home life.

  2. Please give us your home phone number.

  3. What is your home address?

  4. The team opens its home season in just two weeks.

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Origin and Etymology of home

see 1home

Other Household Terms


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home

verb

Definition of home

homed; homing
intransitive verb
1 : to go or return to one's place of residence or origin : to go or return home (see 1home)
  • 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 target
  • mariners … 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

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Origin and Etymology of home

see 1home


Home

biographical name \ ˈhyüm , ˈhōm \

Definition of Home

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

Home

biographical name

Definition of Home

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

HOME Defined for English Language Learners

home

noun

Definition of home for English Language Learners

  • : 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


home

adverb

Definition of home for English Language Learners

  • : to or at the place where you live

  • : into a finished or final position

  • sports : to, toward, or into a goal


home

adjective

Definition of home for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


HOME Defined for Kids

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home

noun \ ˈhōm \

Definition of home for Students

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 : 1house 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.

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home

adverb

Definition of home for Students

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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