\ 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 Frazee sat at the defense table on the left side of the room, dressed in a blue plaid button down shirt. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Kelsey Berreth murder case: Bloodstain expert testifies that witness’s description of blood at crime scene consistent with blunt force," 15 Nov. 2019 In no time, a Bedford man, 31, came out of one of the rooms at the former Super 8 and tried to get into the car. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Fired Village Diner worker may have forged old paycheck dates for ‘double time:’ Orange Police Blotter," 14 Nov. 2019 The League of Legends room contains a few chairs, with a pair of TV monitors broadcasting a portion of the action on a delay. Luke Winkie, The Atlantic, "Where Gamers Are the Only Varsity Athletes," 13 Nov. 2019 These areas have Playmobil virtual experiences, giant play figures, lots of room to display the toys and even places where kids can play with the toys. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Playmobil is bringing toy showrooms to two U.S. stores: FAO Schwarz in New York and The Smiley Barn in Delafield," 12 Nov. 2019 Because her family sat around her, he was pushed to the other end of the room. Weike Wang, The New Yorker, "The Trip," 12 Nov. 2019 At the center of the main room sits a gleaming red Chevy Corvair. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, "“I Will Never Let Boeing Forget Her”," 11 Nov. 2019 At the start of the session, one young man sat on the opposite side of the room, warily watching the proceedings. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje,, "Bringing meditation — and calm — to youth leaving the correctional system," 10 Nov. 2019 Among its notable owners, for which one of the rooms is decorated, is Texas Gov. Richard Coke, who purchased the house from Lewis R. Carr in 1870, just four years after it was completed. Darla Guillen Gilthorpe, Houston Chronicle, "Where to stay in Galveston for a fun, fall weekend escape," 7 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Reporters for the San Francisco Examiner roomed in this area at the Hotel Jessie. Gary Kamiya,, "SF ‘hobohemia’ transformed into Skid Row as jobs and city changed," 10 Aug. 2019 Saoirse-Monica Jackson plays Erin, an intensely self-conscious youngster who is stuck rooming with her weirdo cousin Orla (Louisa Harland). Noel Murray, The Verge, "Why Netflix’s Derry Girls is the perfect show to stream this weekend," 2 Aug. 2019 Bring to room temperature or warm slightly before using. Los Angeles Times, "Spicy Shrimp Paste Noodles," 24 July 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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19 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for room

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

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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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