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

Paul lived up to his history of irritating teammates with smartest-guy-in-the-room bullying. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "James Harden and Russell Westbrook: Rockets interesting, but doomed," 13 July 2019 Since then, the Rendes have abandoned their 3,000-square-foot contemporary house, with its massive dining-room table that seats 12. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Troy homeowners’ horror: 'Dad, something really stinks in the basement'," 12 July 2019 He and his wife Florinda, 23, raised Byron and his brothers in their two-room, cinderblock-and-wood home. Washington Post, "One boy’s tale of family separation heads to court," 12 July 2019 The single-room cabins have electricity; restrooms and water are just outside and up near the hall by the public showers. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "You can stay in an old ranger station in parks in Washington County," 11 July 2019 The deserving bunch has captivated us all with their minute-to-minute social media updates of locker-room revelry and in-flight Champagne toasts. Catherine Scott, Vogue, "The USWNT Continued Celebrations With an Impromptu Yacht Party in NYC," 11 July 2019 Inevitably, such a list means leaving personal favorites on the cutting-room floor, especially in terms of comedies. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Essential movies of the '80s, from 'Raging Bull' to 'Do the Right Thing'," 9 July 2019 Carmel Clay Schools is still recovering from the December mechanical-room explosion in Carmel High School. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Four major summer construction projects are underway at schools in Carmel, Fishers and Westfield," 8 July 2019 Even if there aren’t seats, there are standing-room-only tickets, said Saints director of marketing and media relations Sean Aronson. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "It’s not over yet! 19 things to do in summer 2019," 5 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And Grandpa Eddie was a pro baseball player, never quite cracking the majors but good enough to room with baseball great Dusty Baker in the minors. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde: Coco Gauff’s magic carpet ride at Wimbledon brings her Delray family along | Commentary," 6 July 2019 The parents could not room in, but depending on the circumstances, they might be allowed to visit. Jennifer Egan, New York Times, "Children of the Opioid Epidemic," 9 May 2018 Back then, the friends would joke about rooming together someday and having a closet big enough for all of their clothes. Teen Vogue, "YanYan Makes A Case For Wearing Knits In The Summer," 30 May 2019 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

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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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