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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Each city’s local rate is applied to all residential property in each city’s existing tax base. Peter Krouse,, "Tax sharing in Minnesota means sharing tax base: Cleveland 2030, A Way Forward," 16 Sep. 2019 This wing of the agency provides services at nearly 200 sites across the state in residential and inpatient settings. Dave Orrick, Twin Cities, "Departing Minnesota DHS commissioner says state should break up the agency," 30 Aug. 2019 Until recently, residential property seemed to have escaped the waves of change that have transformed so many other industries. Vuyo Radebe, Quartz, "Millennials are calling BS on the benefits of owning a home," 27 Aug. 2019 The data show that the value of residential properties, which make up 42 percent of the county's tax base, grew 9 percent over last year. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "HCAD property value protests at highest level in years," 22 Aug. 2019 Before the allocation policy went into place in 2018, there was a log of 700 residential properties inside city limits. Catalina Righter,, "Westminster council OKs water policy amendment, bids fond farewell to planning director," 16 Aug. 2019 Keep in mind that barbecue grills on residential properties cause 1,500 structural fires and 4,200 outdoor fires a year, according to the New York City Fire Department, so the safety rules are in place for good reason. Ronda Kaysen, New York Times, "Let’s Go Over the Summer Barbecue Rules," 10 Aug. 2019 There are eight to 12 residential properties on the prison grounds, Parker said. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Prison employee dead in residence; inmate apparently escaped on tractor," 8 Aug. 2019 There are eight to 12 residential properties on the prison grounds, Parker said. Steve Almasy And Sheena Jones, CNN, "Tennesssee inmate escapes from prison where a top official was found dead," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of residential

1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of residential was in 1654

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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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