res·​i·​den·​tial | \ ˌre-zə-ˈden(t)-shəl How to pronounce residential (audio) , ˌrez-ˈden(t)-\

Definition of residential

1a : used as a residence or by residents
b : providing living accommodations for students a residential prep school
2 : restricted to or occupied by residences a residential neighborhood
3 : of or relating to residence or residences
4 : provided to patients residing in a facility residential drug treatment also : being a facility providing such treatment a residential treatment center

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Other Words from residential

residentially \ ˌre-​zə-​ˈden(t)-​sh(ə-​)lē How to pronounce residentially (audio) , ˌrez-​ˈden(t)-​ \ adverb

Examples of residential in a Sentence

The company offers insurance for commercial and residential customers.

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And now fate has new plans for 8150 Sunset: Architect Frank Gehry is poised, with developer Townscape Partners, to build a 333,000-square-foot project there, with gleaming towers, abundant commercial space, and residential units. Lesley M.m. Blume, Town & Country, "Inside Frank Gehry's Overhaul of Garden of Allah, L.A.’s Most Infamous Corner," 25 Feb. 2019 New York's 2016 merger approval required Charter to extend its network to 145,000 unserved and underserved residential housing units and businesses within four years and to meet several interim deadlines along the way. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "NY ordered Charter to leave the state—but Charter won’t go without fight," 1 Aug. 2018 But nearly 250 residential units were affected, Mayor Bill de Blasio's press office told the New York Times. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Steam pipe inspections, cleanup will take days, NYC mayor says, amid asbestos concerns," 20 July 2018 The 17-story tower will have 54 hotel rooms, 130 residential units, and amenities including a spa and outdoor pool. Wendy Goodman, The Cut, "Asbury Park’s Glam Squad," 12 July 2018 Meanwhile, just across the way, One Paseo’s 608 residential units and accompanying expansive amenity spaces are also showing substantial progress. Jennifer Van Grove,, "One Paseo: Inside the bustling construction site," 12 July 2018 Village officials have indicated the plans are to have the project done, and occupancy of the residential units, in early 2019. David Heitz,, "Foxford Station development rises quickly in downtown Western Springs," 12 July 2018 The recommendations for the residential units per acre and minimum commercial standards will be considered by the Ramona Community Planning Group on July 5. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Design groups weigh mixed-use densities, historic trees," 3 July 2018 The Post Oak, which also includes office space, residential units, retail and conference space, opened in March. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Tilman Fertitta’s Landry’s slapped with $20M lien on Post Oak tower," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of residential

1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of residential

: containing mostly homes instead of stores, businesses, etc.
: used as a place to live
: of or relating to the places where people live


res·​i·​den·​tial | \ ˌre-zə-ˈden-shəl How to pronounce residential (audio) \

Kids Definition of residential

1 : used as a residence or by residents a residential hotel
2 : suitable for or containing residences a residential street


res·​i·​den·​tial | \ ˌrez(-ə)-ˈden-chəl How to pronounce residential (audio) \

Medical Definition of residential

: provided to patients residing in a facility residential drug treatment

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