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host

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noun \ˈhōst\

Definition of host

  1. 1 :  army <the destruction of Pharaoh's host in that sea — W. L. Sperry>

  2. 2 :  a great number :  multitude <a whole host of options>

Origin and Etymology of host

Middle English, from Anglo-French ost, from Late Latin hostis, from Latin, stranger, enemy — more at guest


First Known Use: 13th century


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host

verb

Definition of host

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to assemble in an army usually for a hostile purpose

Origin and Etymology of host

see 1host


First Known Use: 15th century


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host

noun

Definition of host

  1. 1a :  one that receives or entertains guests socially, commercially, or officially <were greeted at the door by our host> <ourself will mingle with society and play the humble host — William Shakespeare>b :  one that provides facilities for an event or function <our college served as host for the basketball tournament>

  2. 2a biology :  a living animal or plant on or in which a parasite livesb biology :  the larger, stronger, or dominant member of a commensal or symbiotic pairc biology :  an individual into which a tissue, part, or embryo is transplanted from another

  3. 3 :  a mineral or rock that is older than the minerals or rocks in it; also :  a substance that contains a usually small amount of another substance incorporated in its structure

  4. 4 :  a radio or television emcee

  5. 5 :  a computer that controls communications in a network or that administers a database; also :  server 6

Origin and Etymology of host

Middle English hoste host, guest, from Anglo-French, from Latin hospit-, hospes, probably from hostis


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Mineralogy Terms


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host

verb

Definition of host

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to receive or entertain guests at or for <host a dinner> :  to serve as host (see 3host 1a) to <host friends>

  3. 2 :  emcee <hosted a series of TV programs>

Origin and Etymology of host

see 3host


First Known Use: 15th century

Other Broadcasting Terms


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host

noun, often capitalized

Definition of host

  1. religion :  the eucharistic bread

Origin and Etymology of host

Middle English hoste, oste, from Anglo-French oste, oiste, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin hostia Eucharist, from Latin, sacrifice


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Christian Religious Terms



HOST Defined for Kids

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host

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noun \ˈhōst\

Definition of host for Students

  1. 1 :  a person who receives or entertains guests

  2. 2 :  a living animal or plant on or in which a parasite lives


2

host

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verb

Definition of host for Students

hosted

hosting

  1. :  to serve as host to or at <host friends> <hosting a party>


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host

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noun

Definition of host for Students

  1. :  multitude <We faced a host of problems.>


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host

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noun , often cap

Definition of host for Students

  1. :  the bread used in Christian Communion


Medical Dictionary

host

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noun \ˈhōst\

Medical Definition of host

  1. 1:  a living animal or plant on or in which a parasite lives—see definitive host, intermediate host

  2. 2:  the larger, stronger, or dominant one of a commensal or symbiotic pair

  3. 3a:  an individual into which a tissue or part is transplanted from anotherb:  an individual in whom an abnormal growth (as a cancer) is proliferating



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