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.

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Prater begrudgingly saw an optometrist who broke the news — a deer tick had taken up residence in his cornea. Scottie Andrew And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "A man went to the optometrist with something stuck in his eye. The doctor pulled out a tick.," 16 July 2019 Keoma, the dog nanny, arrives and drops off August Wilson, who takes residence under the table. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "Amy Sherald, Michelle Obama’s Portraitist, Readies her New York Debut," 15 July 2019 Loeb then took up residence in Plaquemines, and sued in state court in Belle Chasse on Jan. 9, 2018, invoking Louisiana's Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Sofia Vergara refutes she owes former fiancé Nick Loeb's $120K in attorney fees," 10 July 2019 Essence Festival was bigger than ever, with more performances, more activations and activities, and entertainment brands like HBO, Spotify and BET taking up residence for the weekend. Naima Cochrane, Billboard, "After 25 Years, Essence Fest Is More Family Reunion Than Music Festival," 10 July 2019 On Monday, the Times of London reported that the princess had taken up residence in a $107-million mansion near Kensington Palace with her 11-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son., "Intrigue, secrecy — an angry poetic outburst — surround reports of runaway Gulf princess," 3 July 2019 Multiple neighbors said squatters had taken up residence in the house, claiming to have a lease, but ultimately the ruse was uncovered by the Orlando police and the bank. Ryan Gillespie,, "‘Goliath vs. Goliath’: How a sliver of land and a fence has pit Bags Inc. founder vs. Deutsche Bank," 28 June 2019 But all hell breaks loose—literally—when a demonic spirit invites itself to take up residence in the home, too. Jennifer M. Wood, WIRED, "Horror for Dummies: The 9 Best Killer Doll Movies to Stream Right Now," 28 June 2019 Harry and Meghan had the option of taking up residence in a large, grand — and already refurbished — apartment at Kensington Palace, according to reports. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s $3 million home renovation sparks outrage over monarchy’s ‘extravagance,’ purpose," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of residence

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

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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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