roost

noun
\ ˈrüst How to pronounce roost (audio) \

Definition of roost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a support on which birds rest
b : a place where winged animals and especially birds customarily roost
2 : a group of birds roosting together

roost

verb
roosted; roosting; roosts

Definition of roost (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to settle down for rest or sleep : perch
2 : to settle oneself as if on a roost

transitive verb

: to supply a roost for or put to roost

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Synonyms & Antonyms for roost

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of roost in a Sentence

Verb Pigeons roost on the building's ledge. pigeons flying home to roost on the roof
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What the newcomers to the game may not have known is that Nelson Menard was a successful jockey who won more than 1,000 races and ruled the roost at the top of the jockey standings in Louisiana for over 30 years before. Michael Beychok, NOLA.com, "Check out Chok's Choices for Saturday's Fair Grounds races," 8 Jan. 2021 Unlike the aggressive progressives who will be ruling the roost if Biden is elected, the candidate is not talking. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Biden Won’t Answer Court-Packing Question," 22 Sep. 2020 Smaller, rugged specimens of the plant roost on the rocky hillsides like ravens. Miles W. Griffis, Vogue, "Joshua Tree National Park Is More Popular Than Ever—But Its Namesake Trees Are Facing Extinction," 18 Dec. 2020 The entrepreneurs’ permanent roost, in a former pizza joint, is easy to spot, thanks to buckets of hot pink paint on the facade and a cheery neon sign. Washington Post, "Taqueria Xochi serves mouthwatering Mexican food from a tiny U Street storefront," 18 Dec. 2020 After all, germanium is a better semiconductor than silicon, but silicon still rules the roost. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Quantum device performs 2.6 billion years of computation in 4 minutes," 7 Dec. 2020 Gabrielle Union has spent the pandemic in her roost, hunkering down at home with her big, blended family. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, "Gabrielle Union Shares Her Bedtime Routine," 3 Dec. 2020 For a long time, Fox News has ruled the cable-news roost. Washington Post, "Fox News needs to reinvent itself for the post-Trump era. Here’s one radical idea.," 30 Nov. 2020 The guide slips quietly into casting range of roost trees using the trolling motor. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Uncommon scents: Anglers find smelly bait is a necessary evil to attract big catfish," 21 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The coronavirus pandemic is coming home to roost in America’s backyards. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "‘Diddy’ delivers, chicken coops, New Year’s Eve restrictions: News from around our 50 states," 31 Dec. 2020 At midday, grouse often roost in softwoods adjacent to or mixed among good deciduous cover. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, "How to Hunt Ruffed Grouse," 24 Dec. 2020 Years of keynote speeches and Davos workshops by industry leaders on the need to take climate change seriously are coming home to roost. Richard Morrison, National Review, "Team Biden: Full Steam Ahead on Politicized Investing," 17 Dec. 2020 The Jayhawks roost in the streaming realm at 9 p.m. Tickets via watch.mandolin.com. Gary Graff, cleveland, "Bon Jovi, Foo Fighters top this week’s online concerts," 25 Nov. 2020 The chickens come home to roost in Fargo’s finale, bringing to a close a season of treachery and murder. Nick Schager, EW.com, "Fargo finale recap: The victors write their history," 30 Nov. 2020 Behind his ranch-style house, Porche, who dabbles as a multimedia artist and photographer, has built a two-story tree house with a balcony for the birds to roost and live during the day. Celeste Turner | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "A Metairie man, his trusty hound and 3 African guinea hens make an odd but happy family," 5 Nov. 2020 But working for National Geographic decades ago, David Douglas Duncan found himself on the Peruvian island of San Lorenzo, watching hundreds of thousands of cormorants roost. Wayne Lawrence, National Geographic, "These photos captured a summer like no other," 2 Oct. 2020 But the offensive inconsistencies that have troubled the Ravens all season came home to roost at Lincoln Financial Field. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Five Things We Learned from the Ravens’ 30-28 win over the Philadelphia Eagles," 19 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of roost

Noun

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

Verb

1530, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for roost

Noun

Middle English, from Old English hrōst; akin to Old Saxon hrōst attic

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Time Traveler for roost

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The first known use of roost was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

24 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Roost.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roost. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for roost

roost

noun
How to pronounce roost (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of roost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a place where birds rest or sleep

roost

verb

English Language Learners Definition of roost (Entry 2 of 2)

of a bird : to rest or sleep somewhere

roost

noun
\ ˈrüst How to pronounce roost (audio) \

Kids Definition of roost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a place where birds rest or sleep

roost

verb
roosted; roosting

Kids Definition of roost (Entry 2 of 2)

: to settle down for rest or sleep Sparrows roost in the trees.

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