play host to

idiomatic phrase

: to serve as a host for (someone or something)
Each year, the city plays host to the film festival for one week.
As travel to the Third World has expanded, so, too, has concern about the damage wrought by mass tourism on the people and places that play host to wandering North Americans and Europeans.Ira Silver
St. John's meets No. 3-ranked Duke and the Big East rival Miami on the road, and will play host to No. 4 Syracuse, No. 13 Connecticut and surging Seton Hall at the Garden.Jon Drape
The grasslands play host to [=provide a home for] long-billed curlews and sage grouse, and eagles, osprey and coyotes scavenge the area.Kay Clark

Examples of play host to in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Borders have played host to some of the most lauded chapters of Scotland’s history. Yannic Rack, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 July 2024 On September 16, Brookhaven Country Club in Dallas will play host to a competition of 36 junior golfers who will have earned their place on the field based on their efforts in a two-month long Golf Marathon Fundraiser. Patrick Snell, CNN, 2 July 2024 The first in a series of test runs, actually, since SoFi will play host to another Copa América game Wednesday, when Mexico faces Venezuela. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 26 June 2024 Kansas City will play host to the U.S. and Canadian men’s national soccer teams for an international friendly match on Sept. 7 at Children’s Mercy Park. Daniel Sperry, Kansas City Star, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for play host to 

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Word History

First Known Use

1837, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of play host to was in 1837

Cite this Entry

“Play host to.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

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