\ 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 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On Sunday morning, Pastor Fred Price Jr. looked out over the empty pews of his South L.A. megachurch, then retreated to a smaller room to deliver his Easter sermon via livestream on the church website and other platforms. Los Angeles Times, "After a year of loss, L.A.’s Black churches celebrate their second pandemic Easter," 4 Apr. 2021 Marshall pivots to a private room and begins calling around for a bed. Paul Moakley, Time, "Deaths Among America's Homeless Are Soaring in the Pandemic. A Photographer Captures A Community In Crisis," 3 Apr. 2021 Taken her back to the film room, back to her white board. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "For Stanford, return to NCAA title game about the destination and the journey," 2 Apr. 2021 The downsized porch was upgraded to a three-season room with insulation and a space heater mounted on the wall. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, "Edina empty nesters transform their '50s home for today's casual living," 2 Apr. 2021 This means existing household coax installations, which generally make use of only a single cable running to each connected room, won't be of much use. John Herrman, Popular Mechanics, "4 Ways to Extend Your HDMI Cables," 1 Apr. 2021 One night after the group had gone to dinner, the colonel came to James’ room with beer and asked her to drink with him. USA Today, "The National Guard welcomes and promotes women. That is, until they report a sexual assault.," 31 Mar. 2021 There were only two keys to the room, and for good reason: That’s where the Oculus team kept the Toybox demo. Peter Rubin, Wired, "5 Years After the Oculus Rift, Where Do VR and AR Go Next?," 31 Mar. 2021 Kids can climb up a bunk bed that leads to a slide that leads to a disco room with a light-up floor, play in the radio lab, or check out the lake and canoe. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "The Best Toy Stores in New York," 31 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Moreover, mom and newborn can often room together, and mom may be able to breastfeed with appropriate precautions taken (like masking, practicing good hand hygiene, and distancing from the crib) if she is infected. Carolyn Barber, Fortune, "New COVID studies bring some holiday cheer for pregnant women," 23 Dec. 2020 Shkodriani has received a $250 gift card offered by the company for tenants who chose to room with someone in the hotel. Taylor Deville,, "Six weeks after scheduled move-in date, Towson student housing complex still not fit for occupancy," 1 Oct. 2020 The tables were sticky and the ladies room down some rickety stairs, dimly lit, and felt like the size of a postage stamp. Kate Stone Lombardi, Good Housekeeping, "Wedding Dress Shopping Was a Magical Mother-Daughter Moment — Now the Wedding Is Postponed," 25 June 2020 This has the effect of increasing the thermal contact between the air and the much warmer processor to help bring it closer to room temperature. Rhett Allain, Wired, "The Science of Temperature Is Weirder Than You Think," 14 May 2020 Walker said nurses are staying in hotels — including one that is charging just $35 a day — or rooming with other nurses to protect their families. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Retiring nurse in Detroit dies; health care workers express widespread fears," 2 Apr. 2020 There’s no need to bring them to room temperature before assembling the crostata. Joe Yonan, Washington Post, "This easy pumpkin tart is spiffy enough for a vegetarian Thanksgiving main," 10 Nov. 2019 Cal Quantrill roomed with Joey Lucchesi and Eric Lauer this spring. Jeff Sanders,, "Cal Quantrill earns first '18 win with Missions," 17 Apr. 2018 That group includes families with small children who are allowed to room together. Lauren Caruba,, "Coronavirus is confirmed in patient under quarantine at Lackland," 13 Feb. 2020

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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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“Room.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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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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