play host to

idiomatic phrase

Definition of play host to

: 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

First Known Use of play host to

1837, in the meaning defined above

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“Play host to.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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