\ 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


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 Keep your roost warm and toasty with this mountable heater when temperatures take a dip. Bianca Rodriguez, Country Living, 19 May 2022 Donna, who hosted virtual dinners and wine events from the late Cesco Osteria in Bethesda during the pandemic, is as much glad-hander as chef in his new roost. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 After maybe 45 minutes of this spectacular aerial display, the birds all at once drop down into their roost for the night. Tom Langen, The Conversation, 14 Mar. 2022 The footage shows the birds waddling past closed cafes and quiet neighborhoods, seemingly enjoying having the rule of the roost. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, 10 Aug. 2021 Assuming the time stamp of 7:42 p.m. local time on the video is accurate, the birds were likely leaving their nocturnal roost nearby, said Andrew Farnsworth, senior research associate at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York. Megan Marples, CNN, 18 Feb. 2022 And in nearby Mountain View, a flock of almost two dozen wild turkeys has taken roost at the NASA Ames Center. Liam Dillon Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2022 But this raises the question of whether the President will face a repeat of the Build Back Better battle, with just two Democrats tanking the party's ability to move forward and allowing the Republican minority to rule the roost. Julian Zelizer, CNN, 26 Jan. 2022 Rochester, New York’s winter roost had 20,000 to 30,000 crows in 2021. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The main problem is Netflix has overvalued itself with these constant price hikes, and now that’s coming home to roost. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Scientists believe crows mainly roost in groups as protection from predators, said Douglas Wacker, an associate professor who studies crows at the University of Washington Bothell. Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2022 Anodes and cathodes each contain two layers: an inner structure where the electrons roost in the crystal structure, and an outer one called the current collector. Gregory Barber, Wired, 2 Nov. 2021 The chickens came home to roost in the second half. Al Michaels, Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2022 The kleptocratic chicken is coming home to roost, in the form of Russian boots potentially marching on Kyiv, and launching the kind of bloodshed Europe thought would remain in a dark, past chapter of its continental history. Casey Michel, The New Republic, 15 Feb. 2022 Conspiracy theories peddled by some Michigan Republicans and allies of former President Donald Trump about voting machines in 2020 have come home to roost. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 15 Feb. 2022 In 2014, Penn State University employed a combination of lasers and loud fireworks, attempting to displace the roughly 3,000 crows that roost on campus, though the birds continue to come back, reported. Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2022 All of her unexplored trauma is coming home to roost. Erin Qualey, Los Angeles Times, 9 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of roost


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


1530, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for roost


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

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24 May 2022

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\ ˈrüst How to pronounce roost (audio) \

Kids Definition of roost

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a place where birds rest or sleep


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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