res·​i·​den·​tial | \ˌre-zə-ˈden(t)-shəl, 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, ˌrez-​ˈden(t)-​ \ adverb

Examples of residential in a Sentence

The company offers insurance for commercial and residential customers.

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As a result, large residential developments in the suburbs filled up with homes that were relatively quick and cheap to build. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "This Is Why Millennials Love Mid-Century Modern Homes So Much," 7 Dec. 2018 Masa resides in a former house that’s undergone multiple retail to residential transformations. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Feast on this highly photogenic concrete restaurant," 30 Nov. 2018 My projects are all different—35 percent of my work is private residential. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "Architect Peter Marino Believes in Retail But Not in Bad Design," 14 Nov. 2018 Its median home sales price, $553,000, is much higher than the national median of $220,000 according to residential real estate company Trulia. Rani Molla, Recode, "What we know about Amazon’s potential new Virginia HQ2 location," 3 Nov. 2018 North Dakota tribes have responded to the new voter ID law by forming a coalition, disseminating information, and mobilizing to provide new IDs with residential addresses to their memberships free of charge. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "Native Voters Explain Why the Midterms Matter," 2 Nov. 2018 Deputy Sheriff Casey Shoemate Deputy Sheriff Casey Shoemate was responding to a 911 call of a residential structure fire on April 20 when he was involved in a head-on collision. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Officers killed in the line of duty in 2018," 19 Sep. 2018 Further, the Crown Estate is made up of residential properties, businesses, shops, 263,000 farm acres, and more. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "A Look at How Queen Elizabeth Has Amassed Such a Large Net Worth," 26 July 2018 Violation of an order of protection John Burds, 56, of the 3200 block of Old Glenview Road, Wilmette, was charged on July 10 with violation of an order of protection after an investigation of a residential burglary in the 1200 block of Brook Lane. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Blotter: 16-year-old without valid license left accident scene in Glenview," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of residential

1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of residential 

: provided to patients residing in a facility residential drug treatment

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