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roost

noun \ ˈrüst \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of roost

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

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Origin and Etymology of roost

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


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roost

verb

Definition of roost

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

Examples of roost in a Sentence

  1. Pigeons roost on the building's ledge.

  2. pigeons flying home to roost on the roof

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First Known Use of roost

1530

roost Synonyms

Synonyms
land, light, perch, alight, settle, touch down
Antonyms
blast off, take off
Related Words
belly-land, crash-land
Near Antonyms
arise, ascend, climb, rise; float, fly, glide, plane, soar, wing; hang, hover


ROOST Defined for English Language Learners

roost

noun

Definition of roost for English Language Learners

  • : a place where birds rest or sleep


roost

verb

Definition of roost for English Language Learners

  • of a bird : to rest or sleep somewhere


ROOST Defined for Kids

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roost

noun \ ˈrüst \

Definition of roost for Students

:a place where birds rest or sleep

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roost

verb

Definition of roost for Students

roosted; roosting
:to settle down for rest or sleep
  • Sparrows roost in the trees.


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