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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The village also could use TIF funds to reimburse school districts for the costs of educating students that might be generated by residential development on the property. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "3 firms compete to develop state-owned site in Tinley Park," 13 July 2018 Channeling its name, the residential, retail and office development is marked by distinct structures, inviting plazas and meandering pathways meant to entice people to take a journey through a familiar small town. Jennifer Van Grove,, "One Paseo: Inside the bustling construction site," 12 July 2018 Lehi Crossing, a residential housing development off north Loop 202 near Val Vista Drive in Mesa, is the mirror image of many other newer Arizona housing developments. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Controversy in the air as Mesa homeowners decry neighboring asphalt plant’s odors," 11 July 2018 The construction itself marks the first new residential development built in Pullman in nearly half a century. Sandra Guy, Chicago Reader, "News / Architecture / Neighborhoods Pullman to get first new residential building in nearly 50 years," 10 July 2018 One of Fort Worth's newest and most ambitious residential developments is growing at a brisk pace. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "This former ranch could have 50,000 Fort Worth residents. 'In 10 years, this will be a city in itself'," 9 July 2018 Several years ago, the 18-block Hudson Square area was rezoned at Trinity’s behest to allow for new residential development and modern office space, though not for the super-tall towers rising in Midtown. Charles V. Bagli, New York Times, "Disney Will Move New York Operations to Lower Manhattan," 9 July 2018 Other malls are being rebooted or remade, including the former Echelon Mall turned Voorhees Town Center, and Moorestown Mall, where residential development is a possibility. Kevin Riordan,, "All sales final: N.J.'s 'worst' and 'saddest' shopping mall is going out of business," 9 July 2018 Long Island City has seen a surge of residential development in the last decade, with towers lining the East River near the landmark Pepsi-Cola sign. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "Soaring Condo Project Coming to Long Island City," 8 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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