\ 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 On top of these centuries of discrimination, western media meccas like Hollywood have long shown Asian women as a monolith, leaving little room to showcase the wide variety of women from across the continent. Jada Jackson, Allure, 23 May 2022 But then Max Strus, a former Celtics two-way contract player, drilled a deep 3-pointer from the right arc to give his team some breathing room. Globe Staff,, 21 May 2022 Premium seats made up just 5% of international traffic in February 2022, according to the International Air Transport Association, yet premium seats take up far more room on a plane. Julia Buckley, CNN, 21 May 2022 Some of these stages cost several million dollars to produce and have room to host tens of thousands of attendees. Graham Berry, Billboard, 19 May 2022 There is scant doubt that today’s AI foregoes even a modicum of attention toward the AI symbolics camp, whereby the use of KBS, ES, and RBS or similar tech are all relegated to the backroom and rarely given any room to breathe. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 19 May 2022 The main house has a large game room on the lower level. Nancy Keates, WSJ, 18 May 2022 With Curry commanding so much defensive attention, Poole should have room to make plays and knock down shots. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 May 2022 For the first time ever, the grand tastings will be held in Exhibit Hall A on the first floor of the convention center, allowing for wider aisles and more room to move about the festival. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 18 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 For now, corporate profits look strong and productivity is high, which may give companies room to absorb bigger wage bills. New York Times, 10 Feb. 2022 While crews are working to clear the roads, Homan warned residents to continue to stay off of them to allow the emergency responders room to work. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 17 Jan. 2022 Rittmanic and Bailey went upstairs to room 308 with the intention of issuing a ticket for a local noise ordinance violation against Harris because of the barking dogs, and to arrest Sullivan on outstanding warrants, prosecutors said. CBS News, 4 Jan. 2022 Bring cheeses to room temperature 45 minutes before preparation. Beth Segal, cleveland, 3 Dec. 2021 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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