\ ˈrüm How to pronounce room (audio) , ˈru̇m How to pronounce room (audio) \

Definition of room

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an extent of space occupied by or sufficient or available for something room to run and play
2a obsolete : an appropriate or designated position, post, or station
b : place, stead in whose room I am now assuming the pen— Sir Walter Scott
3a : a partitioned part of the inside of a building especially : such a part used as a lodging
b : the people in a room
4 : a suitable or fit occasion or opportunity : chance no room for doubt


roomed; rooming; rooms

Definition of room (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to occupy or share a room especially as a lodger

transitive verb

: to accommodate with lodgings

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roomed \ ˈrümd How to pronounce roomed (audio) , ˈru̇md \ adjective

Examples of room in a Sentence

Noun Cigarette smoke filled the room. I could hear the TV from the next room. He rents rooms to college students. We're running out of room in the office. The sofa takes up too much room. In the backyard there is enough room to run and play. Is there enough room to turn the car around? There's only room for five people in the car. Don't eat too much. You should leave some room for dessert. There's no more room on the computer disk to save the file. Verb we can room up to four visitors in our two guest bedrooms
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Signature brand smells can be turned into candles, room sprays, car fresheners, and even housekeeping sprays used by hotel cleaning crews. Fortune, "Behind the Science of Scent Marketing: How Smell Changes the Way We Experience Everything From Shopping Malls to Hotels," 30 Nov. 2019 Joey Delgado, Special to Detroit Free Press Brady Rose sat down at the table in the interview room at Ford Field, and the state championship trophy was placed directly in front of him. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "McCabe: Muskegon Mona Shores backup QB sends early message, follows through," 30 Nov. 2019 But with no room to trim slots, additional raises on top of the 5% will have to wait. Dale Ellis, Arkansas Online, "Pine Bluff proposes raises of 5% for fire, police," 30 Nov. 2019 The show will take place in the multipurpose room on the lower level., "Religion Briefs: Live Nativity at Faith Lutheran returns for 38th consecutive year," 30 Nov. 2019 While the streets around New York City shopping districts looked tame enough, stores like Japanese retailer Uniqlo and Israeli brand Adika that offered steep discounts saw packed crowds with little room to maneuver. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Black Friday pulls in a record $7.4 billion in sales, as many turn to mobile orders," 30 Nov. 2019 Officers who went to the farm, which was largely obscured by trees and had a large vegetable garden, found improvised rooms where the family lived in effective isolation. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Dutch dad accused of keeping kids on isolated farm charged with sex abuse," 29 Nov. 2019 But the fact that his team was beaten so soundly by a couple of the lesser lights in the Big Ten during this losing streak leaves room to question whether the Terps are even pointed in the right direction. Peter Schmuck,, "Schmuck: As Mike Locksley’s first season comes to close, future of Maryland football program remains cloudy," 29 Nov. 2019 Just a short walk from the places where Gobright lived in his Honda Civic, the Ahwahnee has rooms that cost several hundred dollars a night. John Branch, New York Times, "Brad Gobright, a Throwback Climber on the Fringes of a Sport," 29 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bring to room temperature before cooking. Adapted from Cook’s Country magazine. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Leftovers: 10 tips for storing leftovers and recipes to try," 29 Nov. 2019 MacNeil, who had roomed with Gallagher, posed with Gallagher and other platoon members in front of the ISIS militant’s body for the photo. Fox News, "Navy scraps review for three SEAL officers in Eddie Gallagher case," 28 Nov. 2019 To reheat, bring to room temperate and bake at 375°F until hot, then toss with honey. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Honey-Glazed Roasted Carrots," 22 Oct. 2019 The two roomed together during the offseason and bonded quickly. Matt Kawahara,, "Raiders’ Clelin Ferrell, Maxx Crosby becoming well seasoned," 16 Nov. 2019 Return the sauce to room temperature before stirring again and using. Los Angeles Times, "Cover your cake in candy bars and whipped cream for the best frosting," 12 Sep. 2019 Maple and the 6-foot-1 Kraft will be rooming together next season. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Torrey Pines senior faces sand in future, hardwood for now," 27 Aug. 2019 And while this year’s fair-food dance card is already pretty full, there’s always room for more. Anchorage Daily News, "10 things our dining writer can’t wait to eat at the Alaska State Fair," 22 Aug. 2019 The multimillionaire financier was previously on suicide watch where he would be roomed with a cellmate and have prison staff check on him every half-hour. Fortune, "Jeffrey Epstein Is Dead, but the Battle Over His Fortune Is Just Beginning," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of room


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1809, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for room


Middle English, from Old English rūm; akin to Old High German rūm room, Latin rur-, rus open land

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3 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Room.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of room

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a part of the inside of a building that is divided from other areas by walls and a door and that has its own floor and ceiling
: a room in a house, hotel, etc., where someone sleeps
: space that is used for something



English Language Learners Definition of room (Entry 2 of 2)

US : to live in a room, apartment, or house with another person


\ ˈrüm How to pronounce room (audio) , ˈru̇m \

Kids Definition of room

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a divided part of the inside of a building
2 : a bedroom in a home or hotel
3 : the people in a room The whole room cheered.
4 : available space We had barely room to move.
5 : a suitable opportunity There's room for improvement.


roomed; rooming

Kids Definition of room (Entry 2 of 2)

: to provide with or live in lodgings Our mothers roomed together in college.


\ ˈrüm How to pronounce room (audio) , ˈru̇m How to pronounce room (audio) \

Medical Definition of room

: a partitioned part of the inside of a hospital especially : a space for lodging patients

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easily led, controlled, or managed

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