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 SoHo in 2020 reminded both artists of Detroit's complicated history of residential and commercial vacancies. Imani Mixon, Detroit Free Press, "Inspired by COVID-19 lockdown, 2 ex-Detroiters take their art to the streets of SoHo," 18 Oct. 2020 Pest control company Orkin issued a press release last week that said Chicago had the greatest number of new rodent treatments performed from Sept. 1, 2019, to Aug. 31, 2020, including both residential and commercial treatments. Tyler Van Dyke, Washington Examiner, "Time to pay the piper: Chicago ranks 'rattiest' city for sixth year in a row," 18 Oct. 2020 Robertson sells residential and commercial properties throughout Hartford County and advocates that the city is a prime location for investors. Darcie Ortique,, "OK we’re maybe not at the top but U.S. News Best Places to Live ranking says Hartford is better than 85 other cities," 16 Oct. 2020 So far, 67,000 of CPS’s 860,000 residential and commercial customers haven’t paid their bills and, pre-pandemic, would have been subject to disconnection. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, "As financial, political pressures mount, CPS Energy rate increase likely in 2021," 16 Oct. 2020 About 29 percent of all residential and business delivery points served by the USPS are classified as rural. Sarah Smarsh, National Geographic, "America’s postal service is a rural lifeline—and it’s in jeopardy," 9 Oct. 2020 The Dallas Morning News reported last fall that Moayedi’s firm was designing a residential and commercial project for the property, which also includes North Richland Hills' new City Hall and a public safety and municipal court complex. Dallas News, "Centurion American starts 52-acre mixed-use development in North Richland Hills," 8 Oct. 2020 The Soho proposal, detailed Wednesday by the mayor, would allow real-estate developers to build more residential buildings than under existing rules. Will Parker, WSJ, "New York City Pushes Plan for More Development in Manhattan’s SoHo," 7 Oct. 2020 The site contained several multistory brick buildings, with more than 200,000 square feet of residential and office space. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, "IMPD investigates rape allegations at faith-based center for survivors of human trafficking," 5 Oct. 2020

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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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21 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Residential.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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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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