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Definition of real estate

1 : property in buildings and land
2 : space, capacity her desktop real estate the limited real estate on hard drives— Leonard Wiener

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Examples of real estate in a Sentence

She works in real estate. the enormous difference in real estate between a high-definition disk and one in standard definition
Recent Examples on the Web The shooting occurred inside a real estate and manufactured home business, and the gunman and victims were connected through business and personal ties, authorities said. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: How California’s drought will (or won’t) affect you," 2 Apr. 2021 Buyers have been taking advantage of low mortgage rates and seized on the chance to pick up prime Manhattan real estate at lower prices. Kate King, WSJ, "Manhattan Residential Sales in March Soared to Highest Level in 14 Years," 2 Apr. 2021 What’s revealed is a bipartisan pattern by which affordable housing is weaponized against public housing, middle-class white tenants are held up against poor Black ones, and real estate—not tenants—become the policy’s ultimate beneficiaries. Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal, The New Republic, "The Enduring Fiction of Affordable Housing," 2 Apr. 2021 Cities should require the same level of disclosure for owning real estate., "The costs of a secretive ‘wealth defense industry’ of shell companies, offshore tax havens, and empty luxury condos," 1 Apr. 2021 The health care sector donated $9.2 million to state legislative races in California in 2019-20, trailing only labor and the financial/real estate industries, according to the nonpartisan National Institute on Money in State Politics. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, "More Californians open to health care for undocumented immigrants, poll finds," 1 Apr. 2021 The Vatican's immediate goal is to stop the bleeding by imposing a hiring freeze and leveraging other assets, like its real estate, while visits to its museums remain on hold. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Vatican has lost more than $100 million from COVID-19 pandemic," 1 Apr. 2021 In 1905 real estate mogul William H. Hay began dividing and developing a 160-acre lot in what is now West Hollywood, building for himself an estate at what would become 8150 Sunset Boulevard. Lesley M.m. Blume, Town & Country, "Inside Frank Gehry's Overhaul of Garden of Allah, L.A.’s Most Infamous Corner," 31 Mar. 2021 The Heritage lakefront real estate is planned for market availability next year. William Thornton |, al, "Ben Crenshaw among designers for new Lake Martin golf course," 31 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of real estate

circa 1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of real estate was circa 1642

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6 Apr 2021

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“Real estate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of real estate

chiefly US
: property consisting of buildings and land
: the business of selling land and buildings

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Kids Definition of real estate

: property consisting of buildings and land

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Legal Definition of real estate

: real property at property

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