\ 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

Other Words from room


roomed \ ˈrümd How to pronounce room (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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Another losing streak can’t happen if Harsin intends to stay at Auburn, and the LB room will be pivotal to his outcomes. Nubyjas Wilborn |, al, 1 Aug. 2022 The club’s main room has been a stopping point for touring acts like The Strokes, Living Colour, Drive-By Truckers, and Big K.R.I.T., to name a few. Jim Beaugez, Rolling Stone, 1 Aug. 2022 Outside of the clack-clack-clack of the tiles, the room was quiet as other players refreshed their phone screens looking at the latest trade rumors to see if their teams were being mentioned. Peter Abraham,, 1 Aug. 2022 The Reservation Dogs writers’ room is profoundly intertribal. David Treuer, The Atlantic, 1 Aug. 2022 Spread-out room is another form of luxury, and both cars have plenty both front and rear. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, 27 July 2022 Adrian’s room was too small to maneuver in his wheelchair, so he was confined to his bed. New York Times, 23 July 2022 The room is light and elegant, but still comfortable. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 July 2022 The guest room, meanwhile, is the perfect escape with its sage green walls and custom headboard in Schumacher ticking stripe. Deanna Kizis, Sunset Magazine, 22 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The Whirlpool Dual Door Mini Fridge has multiple handy features including a crisper drawer, removable glass shelves and door storage with both a can dispenser and room for taller items like wine bottles or two-liter soda bottles. Eva Bleyer, Good Housekeeping, 2 June 2022 At the same time the teacher runs to room 132 to retrieve her cell phone and walks back to the exit door. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 27 May 2022 But regardless of who plays QB for them, the Panthers got a great future left tackle in Ekwonu, who has outstanding physical tools and still room to grow. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 28 Apr. 2022 Atlanta’s star guard complains, says Heat isn’t giving him and his guys room to shoot. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2022 The organization says that mothers and infants can room-in safely, as long as the mother is well enough. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 5 Mar. 2022 Store leftovers in the refrigerator, but let warm to room temperature to serve. Adapted from Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 13 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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\ 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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