room

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noun

1
: an extent of space occupied by or sufficient or available for something
room to run and play
2
a
obsolete : an appropriate or designated position, post, or station
b
: place, stead
in whose room I am now assuming the penSir Walter Scott
3
a
: 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
ˈrümd How to pronounce room (audio)
ˈru̇md
adjective

room

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verb

roomed; rooming; rooms

intransitive verb

: to occupy or share a room especially as a lodger

transitive verb

: to accommodate with lodgings

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
Exiting the tour bus, the Red Clay Strays enter the Grey Eagle’s green room through a back door, as rowdy yells and foot stomping begin to take over the low-ceilinged, sardine-can space. Garret K. Woodward, Rolling Stone, 18 Feb. 2024 There have been more than 30 participants in an ongoing program at Park Hotel Tokyo that invites creatives to stay at the hotel and personalize a room of their choosing — with some painting directly on the walls. Kristi Eaton, Travel + Leisure, 18 Feb. 2024 While the Days Inn staff called for an ambulance and attempted to stop the bleeding, Saldívar returned to her room. Jacqueline Weiss, Peoplemag, 17 Feb. 2024 In mid-September, extra tables were set up inside the senior center’s activity room, and everyone went to work. Cathy Free, Washington Post, 17 Feb. 2024 Hours after two people were found dead inside a University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus dorm room on Friday, police revealed that the incident is being investigated as a homicide, not a murder-suicide. Brie Stimson, Fox News, 17 Feb. 2024 Set up for entertaining, the room is equipped with a stereo-speaker system, soft lighting, sliding doors that lead out to a deck and post-and-beam framing. David Caraccio, Sacramento Bee, 17 Feb. 2024 Over cocktails and appetizers just off the lobby (seated in a room designed by Gustave Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame), the hotel manager informs me that Emily in Paris filmed much of its Saint Tropez episode on the property—which is, in reality, nearly two hours from the location. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 17 Feb. 2024 Theaters like that usually have double doors off to the side, and there’s probably an old green room in there. Daniel Kohn, SPIN, 16 Feb. 2024
Verb
In addition, rooming in can increase confidence and protect against stress in some parents.4 However, rooming-in can also disrupt a new parent's sleep and lead to unsafe sleep situations as parents nod off while in bed with their newborn. Risa Kerslake, Parents, 10 Nov. 2023 But when Lucy singles her out at the end of the year, a year Margot spent studying and playing it safe, and asks her to room together, something in Margot can’t say no—something daring, or starved, or maybe even envious. Sarah Yang, Sunset Magazine, 15 Dec. 2023 The duo, who hope to room together at Kent State University in Ohio and study aviation, will continue distributing their creations. Alex Ross, Peoplemag, 11 Oct. 2023 Anderson had married Reid Brignac, an infielder for the Rays at the time, in 2010, and Brignac was rooming with Evan during spring training. Skyler Trepel, Peoplemag, 31 Oct. 2023 As might be expected, this new setup puts a real kink in Frasier’s post-Boston scenario, now having to room and deal with his contentious father and an askew care giver. Miles Beller, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Oct. 2023 Bissell Little Green Portable Carpet Cleaner As the name suggests, the Little Green carpet cleaner has a compact build and can easily be carried from room to room with one hand. Melanie Fincher, Southern Living, 6 Oct. 2023 There’s always room for improvement and always room to be better — in all aspects of life. Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone, 2 Oct. 2023 Identical twins David and Jacob Wang will also be going to the same school (University of Wisconsin Madison), though won't be rooming together. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 30 May 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Old English rūm; akin to Old High German rūm room, Latin rur-, rus open land

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1809, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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

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Cite this Entry

“Room.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/room. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

room

1 of 2 noun
1
: space used or available for something
houseplants that take up little room
enough room to run and play
2
a
: a part of the inside of a building that is divided off
b
: such a part used as a lodging
3
: the people in a room
4
: a suitable opportunity : chance
room for improvement

room

2 of 2 verb
: to live in or share a room as a lodger

Medical Definition

room

noun
: a partitioned part of the inside of a hospital
especially : a space for lodging patients

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