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 director and his cinematographer Christopher Blauvelt adopt a fly-on-the-wall approach, often drifting away from Callahan to zoom in sympathetically on the other faces in the room. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Review: Joaquin Phoenix stars in the captivating addiction drama 'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot'," 12 July 2018 The gap between the officers' perception and what happened in the room is not surprising, former police officer and Bowling Green State University criminal justice professor Phil Stinson said. Jane Wester, charlotteobserver, "NC cops thought a man shot at them. Investigators say something else happened.," 11 July 2018 The last person who had a private party in the room was Charlton Heston, who died in 2008. star-telegram, "A day in the life of Joe T. Garcia's," 11 July 2018 Parents push to be in the room The McCalleys want to change school policies. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "A Carmel High School student's suicide raises questions over how schools discipline kids," 11 July 2018 More likely is that Putin will look to get something else entirely out of Trump: the appearance of being the adult in the room. Anna Arutunyan, Time, "No Matter What Happens in Helsinki, Putin Has Already Won," 10 July 2018 The players in that room are doing real things together. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Twitter mailbag: Will Felix Hernandez pitch in the postseason if the Mariners make it? Cano to first base? And Magnum P.I.?," 9 July 2018 Ferguson proceeded to lock himself in a room and began arguing with his girlfriend from the other side of the door. Rebecca Ellis, miamiherald, "Before he drove the wrong way down I-95, he stabbed his girlfriend twice in the neck, cops say," 6 July 2018 Laura Jones of Emory University in Atlanta—was in the room, carefully taking notes. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Yelling, cursing less likely to break out in operating rooms when female surgeons are present," 2 July 2018

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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 The longtime friends will both head to Texas A&M University in the fall but won’t be rooming together. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Needville’s top students head to Texas A&M," 6 June 2018 There’s still room for up to eight people inside the QX80, or just seven with the optional pair of captain’s chairs for the second row, which is how our four-wheel-drive test vehicle was equipped. star-telegram, "Infiniti QX80 full-size luxury SUV brings elegance, technology to the family hauler," 30 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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