\ 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 After years of ultra-expansive monetary policy, Japan and Europe have almost no room left for their own defensive maneuvers. Washington Post, "A U.S.-China Currency War Would Do Some Serious Damage," 18 Sep. 2019 Even before the score started to get out of hand, the Bengals didn't have much room to run and when holes did open for big gains, they were negated by penalties. Adam Baum,, "Cincinnati Bengals offensive line issues amplified with injuries in lopsided loss to 49ers," 16 Sep. 2019 The line changed +1 during the course of the week, too, giving the Redskins even more room to work. Marcus Mosher, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins odds, picks and best bets [UPDATED]," 15 Sep. 2019 Dozens of motels dot the hillsides overlooking the bay, and a few, like the Anderson Inn, have rooms right over the water, outfitted with fireplaces for chilly nights and fogbound mornings. Georgeanne Brennan, The Mercury News, "Weekend getaway: Morro Bay adventures, from ocean to table," 15 Sep. 2019 Shine’s 32-yard field goal with 8:30 to go in the third quarter gave the Yellow Jackets some breathing room, and Evans and Arceneaux put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter with 1-yard touchdown runs. Reports, al, "Coastal Alabama Week 4 HS football roundup: Saraland, Thomasville win big," 14 Sep. 2019 The building also had rooms with beds, blankets, and toys; on the walls were instructions for how to read plane and bus itineraries. Aaron Cantú, The New Republic, "Inside Trump’s Border Chaos," 12 Sep. 2019 The sisters have two rooms, but everyone can be found crammed into one. Brooke Baitinger,, "Bahamian evacuees in Florida weigh tough choices and uncertain futures," 12 Sep. 2019 Which candidates have more room to grow in terms of gaining some familiarity among voters? Kabir Khanna, CBS News, "Why voters aren't considering candidates and how the debates might change that," 12 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Smaller birds such as rosy-faced lovebirds and familiar chats may room alongside them in this avian mansion, while vultures or eagles may roost on the roof. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "These animals make homes for other species," 25 June 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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5 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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