housing

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noun (1)

hous·​ing ˈhau̇-ziŋ How to pronounce housing (audio)
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b
: dwellings provided for people
2
a
: a niche for a sculpture
b
: the space taken out of a structural member (such as a timber) to admit the insertion of part of another
3
: something that covers or protects: such as
a
: a case or enclosure (as for a mechanical part or an instrument)
b
: a casing (such as an enclosed bearing) in which a shaft revolves
c
: a support (such as a frame) for mechanical parts

housing

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noun (2)

Examples of housing in a Sentence

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Times data reporter Terry Castleman created two maps that help decipher how California’s housing affordability crisis has transformed the state. Defne Karabatur, Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2024 Public Investigator spoke to housing advocates and legal experts about Baker's situation. Gina Lee Castro, Journal Sentinel, 18 Apr. 2024 At Wilson College in Pennsylvania, up to 12 single parents annually are awarded grants for on-campus housing and for child care, and their children can eat in the campus dining hall for free. Jon Marcus, NPR, 18 Apr. 2024 Black homeowners' housing wealth grew by $2.8 billion, according to a study conducted by the University of Michigan. Detroit Free Press, 18 Apr. 2024 Tens of thousands of people have died in the war, which has destroyed housing, commercial areas, water treatment plants, schools, highways and hospitals. Fatima Hussein, Quartz, 18 Apr. 2024 The money is largely aimed at boosting housing supply, defense and artificial intelligence development. Erik Hertzberg, Fortune, 17 Apr. 2024 The projects could be seen as a pressure valve that diverts some investors away from eating into the housing supply by converting full-time housing into short-term rentals. Amanda Hoover, WIRED, 17 Apr. 2024 Program staff members also work with landlords to help establish stable, affordable housing. Beth Lipoff, Kansas City Star, 17 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (2)

Middle English, from house housing (from Anglo-French huce, houce, of Germanic origin) + -ing; akin to Middle High German hulft covering

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of housing was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Housing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/housing. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

housing

1 of 2 noun
hous·​ing
ˈhau̇-ziŋ
1
a
: the shelter of a temporary or permanent structure (as a tent or house) : lodging
b
: dwellings provided for people
housing for the elderly
2
a
: something that covers or protects
b
: a support (as a frame) for mechanical parts

housing

2 of 2 noun

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