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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Officers responded to the victim’s residence shortly after receiving a call reporting the incident and were able to arrest the suspect on Thursday. Erin Woo, The Mercury News, "CHP arrests suspected San Jose freeway shooter," 6 Sep. 2019 In the early afternoon today, people gathered at a sports ground in the Wan Chai area to sing hymns, and then walk to the chief executive’s residence. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, "Hong Kong is burning, five years to the day after Beijing dashed its hopes of democracy," 31 Aug. 2019 Glendale officers responded to a residence near 55th and Orangewood avenues just before 8 p.m., Thursday after a caller heard a neighbor scream for help, police said. Chris Coppola, azcentral, "Glendale man arrested in roommate's stabbing death, police said," 30 Aug. 2019 The Taneytown Volunteer Fire Company responded to a Keymar residence Thursday, Aug. 29 at about 4:15 p.m. An investigation found that the man was preparing to burn trash. Catalina Righter,, "Keymar man suffers flash burns, is flown to hospital for treatment," 30 Aug. 2019 Officers responded to a residence Lish was known to frequent on the 2900 block of West 29th Avenue and announced their presence from outside. Anchorage Daily News, "Woman shoots man during argument in West Anchorage, police say," 29 Aug. 2019 Deputies responding to a 2:20 p.m. burglar alarm call Monday went to the residence and found a gate to the backyard open. La Cañada Valley Sun, "Crime Report: Woman hears noise at her bedroom slider; it’s 2 men trying to break in," 28 Aug. 2019 David McDowell was arrested early Sunday morning after police responded to a residence on Plumtrees Road and found a woman suffering from multiple stab wounds, police said. Dave Altimari,, "Bethel man charged with manslaughter after stabbing death," 26 Aug. 2019 Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies and fire medics were dispatched at 11:44 p.m. Thursday to a residence in the 5400 block of Nottinghill Drive in the Grayson Valley area. Carol Robinson |, al, "Capital murder charges filed in Jeffco shooting that killed husband, wounded wife; 1 jailed, 1 still on the run," 24 Aug. 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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