room

noun
\ˈrüm, ˈru̇m \

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

room

verb
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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Other Words from room

Noun

roomed \ˈrümd, 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

The book’s acknowledgments make reference to a zebu (cow) skeleton in their living room. Julie Zickefoose, WSJ, "‘Unnatural Selection’ Review: A Better Bird, Bit by Bit," 22 Nov. 2018 Kathryn Mayorga filed a civil lawsuit in September in Nevada claiming Ronaldo raped her in his Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. James Ellingworth, The Seattle Times, "UEFA Nations League a hit as positivity replaces skepticism," 21 Nov. 2018 The young architect, having spent the last week drinking and partying in New York City, had been summoned by the famous Finnish-American designer for an 8 a.m. meeting in his room at the Plaza Hotel to talk about a potential job. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why Eero Saarinen’s ‘50s office was a breeding ground for modernist design," 8 Nov. 2018 But, when work commitments got in the way of things, he was forced to improvise and ended up proposing in their living room instead. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Who is Karl Glusman? Zoë Kravtiz Confirms She's Been Secretly Engaged to the Actor For Months," 30 Oct. 2018 Of course, that portrait now hangs in her living room, among Louis XIV–style furnishings, artworks by Kenneth Noland and Helen Frankenthaler, and a jewel box by David Linley carved to look like their old estate. Kate Donnelly, Town & Country, "At Home with Texas Philanthropist Lynn Wyatt," 19 Oct. 2018 His rooms taught us how to create warmth and beauty. The Editors, ELLE Decor, "Remembering Mario Buatta: Designers, Colleagues, and Clients Share Their Memories of the "Prince of Chintz"," 16 Oct. 2018 How can the host direct the conversation and energies of everyone in the (carefully configured) room? Laura Vanderkam, WSJ, "What to Give: Business Books," 15 Nov. 2018 Alan Elliott The camera roams through the room throughout, settling on faces in the crowd, almost entirely black faces, and occasionally diving into the choir. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "It took 46 years for Aretha Franklin’s concert doc to come out. The wait was worth it.," 15 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And if these chairs don't quite fit your style, check out our roundup of accent chairs for giving your living room new ... uh, well ... life. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This $500 Walmart Chair Is Almost A Perfect Dupe For This $1600 Anthropologie Chair," 8 Aug. 2018 And in the meantime, there’s always room to keep hoping that Season 2 grants Jaz her Riverdale crossover wish. Kelsea Stahler, Teen Vogue, ""Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Star Jaz Sinclair on Rosalind's Surprising Twist and Female Friendships," 27 Oct. 2018 According to the suit: The victim's parents were assured their son would room only with a same-age camper, as the five-week Opportunities for Personal Success camp was open to boys entering the seventh through 12th grades. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Family sues St. John's Northwestern Military Academy, says lax supervision led to assault," 11 May 2018 About two hours later, police responded to the rooming home regarding the shooting, Channel 2 reported. Raisa Habersham, ajc, "Gunman in deadly Atlanta rooming house shooting arrested," 8 June 2018 Kupchak would team with assistant GM Buzz Peterson, a former college coach who roomed with Jordan at North Carolina, Wojnarowski reports. Dan Gartland, SI.com, "Report: Michael Jordan Hoping to Replace Hornets GM With Mitch Kupchak," 20 Feb. 2018 Levine went away to the University of Michigan and roomed with future Design District developer Craig Robins, whose father would later become a crucial investor in Levine's companies. David Smiley, Joey Flechas And Danny Rivero, miamiherald, "Hustle and Flow: How Philip Levine made the money that’s financing his bid for governor," 10 July 2018 Mike Schmitz, now a draft analyst for ESPN, joined the staff as a video coordinator and roomed with him for ‘12–13. Jake Fischer, SI.com, "George Galanopoulos's Unlikely Journey From Basketball Dreamer to Uganda Head Coach," 13 June 2018 The practice of rooming strangers together is not just a means to economize, said Jason Robison, the group’s program director. Doug Smith, latimes.com, "A Venice couple is housing homeless people, one small building at a time," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of room

Noun

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

Verb

1809, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for room

Noun

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

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room

noun

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

room

verb

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

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

room

noun
\ˈrüm, 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.

room

verb
roomed; rooming

Kids Definition of room (Entry 2 of 2)

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

room

noun
\ˈrüm, ˈru̇m \

Medical Definition of room 

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

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