room

noun
\ 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

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 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

The two first met back in the NBC writers' room before co-starring as Kelly and Ryan in The Office (shippers of the on-again-off-again on-screen couple still mourn) almost 15 years ago. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Mindy Kaling Says BJ Novak Is Her Daughter's Godfather," 4 May 2019 Of course, having all those celebrities in one room was major enough, but fans were particularly thrilled about an interaction between Nick Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas, and the K-Pop septet. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "BTS Met the Jonas Brothers in a Boy Band Moment at the Billboard Music Awards 2019," 2 May 2019 The conference room is also hopelessly colorless, punctuated only by the hot pink and purple posters on the wall opposite the windows. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Barbie's 60th Birthday Wish Was to Be More Inclusive. Now What?," 2 May 2019 The Little People, Big World star took to Instagram this weekend to tell followers that there is no room on his page for hate. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Matt Roloff Defends Amy After 'Little People, Big World' Fans Attack Her," 29 Apr. 2019 The couple obliged by setting up a big-screen TV inside the barn, where the tack room had been converted into a bourbon bar with 10 different bottles on offer. Meredith Heuer, Harper's BAZAAR, "Katie Ermilio & Tylee Abbott's Wedding Turned Pennsylvania into the English Countryside—on a Horse Farm," 29 Apr. 2019 Sweeten the deal with that bamboo tray, which has enough room to hold her favorite book and a glass of wine. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines' Newest Target Collection Has the Most Perfect Mother's Day Gifts," 28 Apr. 2019 Take these steps to give your kids a bit more breathing room: Get real with your kids. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Helicopter Parenting? Experts Say It's Too Much For Kids," 8 Apr. 2019 Modern Kevlar, introduced in 1971, is now used in more than 200 products, from fire fighter boots, parachute lines, and airplanes to bridge reinforcements, hurricane safe rooms, armored cars, and bullet-proof vests. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "32 Women Who’ve Changed Life As We Know It," 31 Mar. 2019

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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)

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

room

noun
\ 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.

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 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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