room

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noun

1
: an extent of space occupied by or sufficient or available for something
room to run and play
2
a
obsolete : an appropriate or designated position, post, or station
b
: place, stead
in whose room I am now assuming the pen Sir Walter Scott
3
a
: 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
ˈrümd How to pronounce room (audio)
ˈru̇md
adjective

room

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verb

roomed; rooming; rooms

intransitive verb

: to occupy or share a room especially as a lodger

transitive verb

: to accommodate with lodgings

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Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
In one room, black lights lit up the neon of the Viv’ Choc Flowers Bag as an artisan embellished the wall with multicolor strass and crystal gemstone floral motifs. Kristen Bateman, Vogue, 30 Sep. 2022 These are not the types of songs that pop up in the writers’ room nowadays. Chris Willman, Variety, 30 Sep. 2022 But outside of Disney movies, according to tradition, sprinkling salt in a room or around an area can ward off evil spirits that may try to harm you. Ashley Leath, Country Living, 30 Sep. 2022 Once admitted, the attacker gains access to decrypted communications sent in that room. WIRED, 30 Sep. 2022 Detective Jimmy Gildea had left Roger Arnold in a room, and gone to handle other tasks. Chicago Tribune, 29 Sep. 2022 Throughout the home, accents including throw blankets, pillows, and drapery can easily be placed in any room. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 28 Sep. 2022 Susan Bresky, now 50, was there in that middle school room when their classmates laughed, her husband pointed out. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 28 Sep. 2022 Once admitted, the attacker gains access to decrypted communications sent in that room. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 28 Sep. 2022
Verb
Especially when Ida and Hanna were coincidentally chosen to room together. CNN, 17 Aug. 2022 Nearly half of college students wouldn’t room with someone who votes differently, new poll finds. ... Ben Kamisar, NBC News, 18 Aug. 2022 Attorney at Law gives some of the MCU’s best characters room to breathe. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 17 Aug. 2022 Long-term value creation requires turning down the noise from traders fixated on share price today, while amplifying the voice of the real investors who offer companies room to breathe. Heather Landy, Quartz, 5 Aug. 2022 There is always, always room around these parts to embrace your grays. Wendy Sy, Allure, 28 July 2022 The proposal would bring together two very similar airlines — both tempt travelers with rock-bottom fares but tack on fees for some things that bigger carriers include with most tickets, from soft drinks to room for a bag in the overhead bin. David Koenig, BostonGlobe.com, 27 July 2022 The proposal would have brought together two very similar airlines — both tempt travelers with rock-bottom fares but tack on fees for some things that bigger carriers include with most tickets, from soft drinks to room for a bag in the overhead bin. David Koenig, ajc, 27 July 2022 No player is perfect, obviously, and this game was promising for Butler in many ways, but there’s still definitely room to grow. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 July 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1809, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of room was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Room.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/room. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition

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noun

ˈrüm How to pronounce room (audio)
ˈru̇m
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

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verb

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

Medical Definition

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

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