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 a new problem has cropped up: people living in recreational vehicles parking them in residential neighborhoods, which has yet to be addressed. Phil Matier,, "SF Mayor Breed has one word to describe her management style — ‘harassment’," 7 July 2019 Witnesses and local authorities said the aircraft struggled to gain altitude then veered into the hangar not far from a busy commercial strip and densely populated residential neighborhoods. Jake Bleiberg And Jamie Stengle, USA TODAY, "Recorder found in Texas plane crash; some victims identified," 2 July 2019 In 2017, more unhoused people were staying in residential neighborhoods than in previous years, making homelessness more visible to residents., "How a dirty city gets clean: Efforts to clean up Portland’s downtown come together this summer," 2 July 2019 Even though individual fireworks are not legal in our city limits, people still find them and shoot them off in residential neighborhoods. Cathy M. Rosenthal,, "July 4th: Fun for humans, hell for dogs," 28 June 2019 As her business grew into a community institution, Mae married newspaperman Joel Reeves and moved both her store and home to the more residential neighborhood of West Philadelphia. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian, "Entrepreneur Mae Reeves’ Hat Shop Was a Philadelphia Institution. You Can Visit It at the Smithsonian.," 27 June 2019 Northwestern University’s request to host professional sporting and entertainment events at its basketball arena continues to receive pushback from some area residents who fear their residential neighborhood would be overrun with traffic and crowds. Brian L. Cox,, "Some Evanston residents wary of Northwestern University’s request to host pro tennis tournament, other events at Welsh-Ryan Arena," 27 June 2019 Rather than demolish residential neighborhoods, many newer projects have been built on underused industrial or commercial land, as was Stamford’s Harbor Point, West Hartford’s Blue Back Square and Hartford’s Adriaen’s Landing. Tom Condon,, "As Connecticut cities revive, what did we learn from the mistakes of urban renewal?," 26 June 2019 However, the majority of Airbnbs are being opened in residential neighborhoods never zoned for commercial use. WSJ, "Lax Regulation on Airbnb Is Far From Consequence Free," 28 May 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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