residential

adjective
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.

Recent Examples on the Web

At a recent meeting, one resident held up a biohazard container filled with human blood—one example of the kind of waste carried by eagles into residential neighborhoods. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Bald Eagles Are Stealing Trash from a Seattle Landfill and Dropping it in the Suburbs," 4 Apr. 2019 Bigger Pipes for Sewage Amazon’s wastewater will flow into pipes that are bigger than those found in most residential neighborhoods. Winnie Hu, The Seattle Times, "What happens when 25,000 Amazon workers flush toilets?," 11 Dec. 2018 There are lots of neighborhoods where Nuro's cars can travel from a store to nearby customers' homes without ever leaving residential neighborhoods with low speed limits. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Waymo’s ambitious plans for high-speed taxis could be holding it back," 3 Dec. 2018 The residential neighborhood is perched on the East River overlooking Manhattan, and is being gentrified by high-rise buildings and young professionals. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "Amazon in Late-Stage Talks With Cities Including Crystal City, Va., Dallas, New York City for HQ2," 4 Nov. 2018 As cities grew and space became limited, old industrial areas were converted into residential neighborhoods. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Industrial Design," 1 Oct. 2018 Racine’s customer base is about 90% residential and 90% of Mount Pleasant customers the city now serves are residential. Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin seeks to allay other states' concerns over diversion of water from Lake Michigan for Foxconn," 1 June 2018 Nevertheless, more than two-thirds of the buildings under construction right now are residential, and the vast majority of those are apartments. Mike Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "Seattle construction still booming and won’t end anytime soon," 19 Feb. 2019 For years, Pabst Farms struggled to attract retail and residential developers to the northeast corner of Highway 67 and I-94. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Performance Running Outfitters moving out of Oconomowoc and into Delafield," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of residential

1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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residential

adjective

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

residential

adjective
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

residential

adjective
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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