res·​i·​dence | \ ˈre-zə-dən(t)s How to pronounce residence (audio) , ˈrez-dən(t)s, ˈre-zə-ˌden(t)s \

Definition of residence

1a : the act or fact of dwelling in a place for some time
b : the act or fact of living or regularly staying at or in some place for the discharge of a duty or the enjoyment of a benefit
2a(1) : the place where one actually lives as distinguished from one's domicile or a place of temporary sojourn
b : the place where a corporation is actually or officially established
c : the status of a legal resident
3a : a building used as a home : dwelling
b : housing or a unit of housing provided for students
4a : the period or duration of abode in a place
b : a period of active and especially full-time study, research, or teaching at a college or university
in residence
: engaged to live and work at a particular place often for a specified time poet in residence at a university

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Examples of residence in a Sentence

He recently ended his residence at the apartment complex. They were granted residence in this country.
Recent Examples on the Web At Cal State Dominguez Hills, a 47-foot mural of Bogany sitting underneath an oak tree decorates the facade of the student residence hall. Priscella Vega, Los Angeles Times, "Julia Bogany, venerated Tongva elder who fought for her tribe’s recognition, dies," 14 Apr. 2021 The school’s residence hall was closed in March 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic and will remain shuttered for the 2021-22 school year. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Dallas’ Hockaday School plans to end its boarding program," 14 Apr. 2021 Since December, the Raptors have taken up residence at Amalie Arena, the home of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio Spurs aim to keep winning streak going - in Tampa?," 13 Apr. 2021 At the top of the list of priorities is a new residence hall, Barre said. Paul Gattis |, al, "UAH taking first steps to create ‘college town experience’ with campus expansion," 13 Apr. 2021 But in the past few months, a block of white and gray hairs have taken up residence on her head, and announced their presence in a streak. Annie Vainshtein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Is premature graying a pandemic thing? Experts explain possible links," 11 Apr. 2021 The onset of the pandemic a year ago sent some New Yorkers to take up residence in weekend homes in Litchfield County, with others scrambling to find rentals. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "New Yorkers have flocked to Litchfield County during the pandemic. Can Connecticut keep them after COVID-19 subsides?," 8 Apr. 2021 Summertime visitors to Leu Gardens may feel a certain sense of wonder and magic while wandering the 50-acre Orlando botanical oasis as fairies will again take up residence. Patrick Connolly,, "Fairy Doors return to Leu Gardens for fourth year of magic," 2 Apr. 2021 Oregon’s rival, Oregon State, has taken up long-term residence and will play Houston on Monday for a trip to the Final Four. John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: Oregon Ducks are a program in need of a big transformation," 29 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of residence

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

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The first known use of residence was in the 14th century

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19 Apr 2021

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“Residence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of residence

: the state of living in a particular place
: the place where someone lives
: legal permission to live in a country


res·​i·​dence | \ ˈre-zə-dəns How to pronounce residence (audio) \

Kids Definition of residence

1 : the act or fact of living in a place
2 : a building used for a home
3 : the time during which a person lives in a place


res·​i·​dence | \ ˈre-zə-dəns How to pronounce residence (audio) \

Legal Definition of residence

1 : the act or fact of living in a place
2a : the place where one actually lives as distinguished from a domicile or place of temporary sojourn a person can have more than one residence but only one domicile

Note: A distinction is usually maintained between domicile and residence based on the relative permanency of a domicile and the intent to make it a principal place of abode. In some contexts, however, such as for determining proper venue domicile and residence are used as synonyms. Similarly residence and domicile are sometimes used as synonyms with regard to the place of incorporation of a business.

b : a place in which a corporation does business or is licensed to do business
3 : the status of a resident
4 : dwelling

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