room

noun
\ 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

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 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

The townhouse boasts has a plethora of other luxury features including an indoor pool surrounded by Basalt stone tiles, chandeliers, and a fitness room. Alexis Reliford, refinery29.com, "Taylor Swift's "Cornelia Street" Apartment Is Loaded With The Most Lux Features," 24 Aug. 2019 That was when, in a stark hospital room, the waif of a girl in a pink flamingo T-shirt and shorts calmly confided her dark plans to a nurse. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "She’s been bounced through more than a dozen foster homes. And she’s just 6," 24 Aug. 2019 Common Pleas Judge Melba Marsh oversaw the hearing from a conference room at the Hamilton County Law Library, which is on the courthouse's top floor. Kevin Grasha, Cincinnati.com, "Serial killer pleads guilty to strangling 2 women in Cincinnati decades ago," 23 Aug. 2019 Most of the upper level is maintained as a 19th century school room, while the lower level has displays of various items from the town’s agricultural and social history. courant.com, "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 23 Aug. 2019 The camera zooms in on Hadid standing in a darkened room, and the shadows on the wall behind her suggest an imaginary train station. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "You Are Already Having Sex With Robots," 23 Aug. 2019 Music and history will mix at concerts on the roof and in a candlelit room of the 3-story fortress, a national historic site. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "Pianos bring creativity, inspiration to San Francisco’s Fort Point," 23 Aug. 2019 The couple tied the knot in a hospital room in 1997, just three days before King had surgery to clear a clogged blood vessel. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Larry King's son speaks out amid parents' divorce, slams this rumor as 'completely false'," 23 Aug. 2019 In a conference room of a Catholic church in Luanda, Wanda furiously scribbled in her pink notebook, peeking over her glasses. USA Today, "Were Wanda Tucker’s ancestors America’s first slaves? A difficult search for answers in far-away Angola," 22 Aug. 2019

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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, SFChronicle.com, "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 In fact, Buchanan and King roomed together with several other Democratic congressmen from the South at the time. NBC News, "Would Buttigieg be first gay president? Maybe not.," 22 June 2019 Ellsworth and Gee often room together on road trips. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "For Emma Gee, being the only out LGBTQ athlete at BYU is complicated," 3 July 2019

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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)

US : to live in a room, apartment, or house with another person

room

noun
\ 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.

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 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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