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 residential (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 This particular stretch of the 21-mile recreational path abuts a residential neighborhood used to seeing cyclists and runners making their way south along Southeast 19th Avenue to get to the trailhead. oregonlive, 9 Oct. 2021 The footage includes radio transmissions and audio and video from a nearby surveillance camera of the short pursuit and shooting at Shiloh Road and Rex Avenue, in a residential neighborhood just south of University Avenue. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Oct. 2021 On a walk earlier this year through Avtodorozhnaya Street, a quiet residential neighborhood, local construction engineer Eduard Romanov surveyed corrosion nibbling at the foundation of a two-story apartment building. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, 5 Oct. 2021 The concerns focus on a contract that Kanary Bar attorney Larry Moorer claims they were asked to sign by representatives of the DeTonti Square Historic District, a residential neighborhood that is within walking distance of the establishment. al, 5 Oct. 2021 The trolley, nestled in a residential neighborhood, includes a TV, stove, refrigerator, microwave, air fryer, tile shower and other creature comforts. Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2021 Two men were shot and killed early Sunday in a residential neighborhood in Oakland, authorities said. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Sep. 2021 In a charming residential neighborhood, the Smyth Tribeca is a new 100-room hotel. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 23 Sep. 2021 Once outside, the man jumped a nearby fence and ran into the nearby residential neighborhood. Naperville Sun Staff Report,, 22 Sep. 2021

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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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10 Oct 2021

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“Residential.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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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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