1 the place where you live:
Simon left home (= stopped living in his parents' house) at the age of 18.
2 a place where they look after people, for example children who have no parents, or old people:
My grandmother lives in an old people's home.
at home in your house or flat:
I stayed at home yesterday.
Is Sara at home?
I. home1 S1 W1 /həʊm $ hoʊm/ BrE AmE noun
[Word Family: adjective: homeless, homely, homeward; noun: home, homelessness; adverb: home, HOMEWARDS; verb: home]
[Language: Old English; Origin: ham 'village, home']
1. PLACE WHERE YOU LIVE [uncountable and countable] the house, apartment, or place where you live:
They have a beautiful home in California.
Good luck in your new home!
Last night we stayed at home and watched TV.
away from home
He was spending more and more time away from home.
work from/at home (=do your work at home instead of at a company office)
A family of birds made their home (=started living) under the roof.
2. FAMILY [uncountable and countable] the place where a child lived with his or her family:
Jack left home when he was 16.
Were you still living at home (=with your parents)?
Carrie moved out of the family home a year ago.
3. WHERE YOU CAME FROM/BELONG [uncountable and countable] the place where you came from or where you usually live, especially when this is the place where you feel happy and comfortable:
She was born in Italy, but she’s made Charleston her home.
The folks back home don’t really understand what life is like here.
4. YOUR COUNTRY [uncountable] the country where you live, as opposed to foreign countries
auto sales at home and abroad
He’s been travelling, but he’s kept up with what’s going on back home.
5. be/feel at home
a) to feel comfortable in a place or with a person
be/feel at home in/with
I’m already feeling at home in the new apartment.
After a while we began to feel at home with each other.
b) to feel happy or confident about doing or using something
be/feel at home with/in
Practise using the video until you feel quite at home with it.
6. PROPERTY [countable] a house, apartment etc considered as property which you can buy or sell:
Attractive modern homes for sale.
7. FOR TAKING CARE OF SOMEBODY [countable] a place where people who are very old or sick, or children who have no family, are looked after:
an old people’s home
I could never put Dad into a home. ⇨ CHILDREN’S HOME, ↑nursing home, ↑rest home
8. make yourself at home spoken used to tell someone who is visiting you that they should relax:
Sit down and make yourself at home.
9. make somebody feel at home to make someone feel relaxed by being friendly towards them:
We like to make our customers feel at home.
10. the home of something
a) the place where something was first discovered, made, or developed:
America is the home of baseball.
b) the place where a plant or animal grows or lives:
India is the home of elephants and tigers.
11. SPORTS TEAM at home if a sports team plays at home, they play at their own sports field OPP away
at home to
Birmingham Bullets are at home to Kingston.
12. home from home British English, home away from home American English a place that you think is as pleasant and comfortable as your own house
13. home sweet home used to say how nice it is to be in your own home
14. dogs’/cats’ home British English a place where animals with no owners are looked after
15. find a home for something British English to find a place where something can be kept:
Can you find a home for the piano?
16. what’s that when it’s at home? British English spoken used humorously to ask what a long or unusual word means
17. GAMES [uncountable] a place in some games or sports which a player must try to reach in order to win a point
⇨ ↑home plate, ↑home run
• • •
COLLOCATIONS (for Meanings 1 & 2)
■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + home
▪ a secure/stable home (=a caring family without a lot of changes) He had grown up in a stable home.
▪ a happy home (=a happy family) We had a happy home.
▪ a broken home (=a family in which the parents have separated) Many of the youngsters came from broken homes.
▪ the family home (=where a family lives) The house was once the family home of the O'Dare family.
▪ the marital home (=where a husband and wife live) He left the marital home to move in with his lover.
▪ sb’s childhood/boyhood etc home (=where you lived as a child) I had not been back to my childhood home for ten years.
▪ a permanent/temporary home Flood victims were offered temporary homes.
▪ live at home (=live with your parents) More people in their twenties are still living at home because housing is so expensive.
▪ leave home (=stop living with your parents at home) Lisa had left home at age 16.
▪ work from/at home (=do your work at home instead of at an office) I work at home three days a week.
• • •
▪ home the house, apartment, or place where you live: More and more people are working from home. | It was past midnight by the time I got home.
▪ house a building that someone lives in, especially a building intended for one person, couple, or family: Shall we meet at your house? | Have you seen Dave’s new house – it’s huge!
▪ place spoken informal the house, apartment, or room where someone lives: We went to Sara’s place after the movie. | He’s just bought a fantastic place right by the sea.
▪ residence formal the house or apartment where someone lives, especially a large or official one: The Prime Minister’s official residence is 10 Downing Street. | His wife transferred her main residence to Spain.
▪ holiday home British English, vacation home American English a house that someone owns by the sea, in the mountains etc, where they go for their holidays: They bought a luxury holiday home in Spain.
home [home homes homed homing] noun, adjective, adverb, verb [həʊm] [hoʊm]
1. countable, uncountable the house or flat/apartment that you live in, especially with your family
• We are not far from my home now.
• Old people prefer to stay in their own homes.
• She leaves home at 7 every day.
• the family home
• While travelling she missed the comforts of home.
• He left home (= left his parents and began an independent life) at sixteen.
• Nowadays a lot of people work from home.
• I'll call you from home later.
• (figurative) We haven't found a home for all our books yet (= a place where they can be kept).
• stray dogs needing new homes
see also stay-at-home
2. countable a house or flat/apartment, etc, when you think of it as property that can be bought and sold
• a holiday/summer home
• A lot of new homes are being built on the edge of town.
• Private home ownership is increasing faster than ever.
• They applied for a home improvement loan.
see also mobile home, second home, stately home
3. countable, uncountable the town, district, country, etc. that you come from, or where you are living and that you feel you belong to
• I often think about my friends back home.
• Jane left England and made Greece her home.
• Jamaica is home to over two million people.
4. countable used to refer to a family living together, and the way it behaves
• She came from a violent home.
• They wanted to give the boy a secure and loving home.
• He had always wanted a real home with a wife and children.
see also broken home
FOR OLD PEOPLE/CHILDREN
5. countable a place where people who cannot care for themselves live and are cared for by others
• a children's home
• an old people's home
• a retirement home
• a home for the mentally ill
• She has lived in a home since she was six.
see also nursing home, rest home
6. countable a place where pets with no owner are taken care of
• a dogs'/cats' home
7. singular, uncountable the place where a plant or animal usually lives; the place where sb/sth can be found
• This region is the home of many species of wild flower.
• The tiger's home is in the jungle.
• The Rockies are home to bears and mountain lions.
• Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon and the Petrified Forest.
• Beverly Hills is the home of the stars.
WHERE STH FIRST DONE
8. singular the ~ of sth the place where sth was first discovered, made or invented
• New Orleans, the home of jazz
• Greece, the home of democracy
more at charity begins at home at charity, close to home at close2 adj., eat sb out of house and home at eat, an Englishman's home is his castle at Englishman, your spiritual home at spiritual
Old English hām, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch heem and German Heim.
1. C, U
• My home is very near here.
house • • address • |BrE flat • |especially AmE apartment • |informal place • |formal dwelling • • residence • |formal humorous abode •
at home/sb's house/an address/sb's flat/sb's apartment/sb's place/sb's residence
in a home/sb's house/sb's flat/sb's apartmentsb's place/a dwelling/a residence
have a/an home/house/address/flat/apartment/place of your own
• 200 new homes are being built in the town.
house • • cottage • |BrE flat • • bungalow • |especially AmE apartment • • townhouse • • condominium • |AmE ranch house •
a detached/semi-detached home/house/cottage/bungalow
a one-/two-/three-bedroom home/house/cottage/flat/bungalow/apartment/townhouse/ranch house
rent a home/house/cottage/flat/bungalow/apartment
3. C, U
• She left England and made her home in Spain.
homeland • • hometown • • birthplace •
a/an beloved/adopted home/homeland/hometown
a tribal/traditional/spiritual home/homeland
return to your home/homeland/hometown/birthplace
• a child from a secure and loving home
family • • household • • house •
a low-income/poor/high-income/wealthy/rich home/family/household
come from a …home/family
sb's home/family life/background/situation
Decorating and home improvement
refurbish/renovate/ (BrE) do up a building/a house
convert a building/house/room into homes/offices/(especially NAmE) apartments/(BrE) flats
extend/enlarge a house/building/room/kitchen
build (BrE) an extension (to the back/rear of a house)/(NAmE) an addition (on/to sth)/(BrE) a conservatory
knock down/demolish a house/home/building/wall
knock out/through the wall separating two rooms
furnish/paint/ (especially BrE) decorate a home/house/apartment/flat/room
be decorated in bright colours/(especially US) colors/in a traditional style/with flowers/with paintings
paint/plaster the walls/ceiling
hang/put up/strip off/remove the wallpaper
install/replace/remove the bathroom fixtures/(BrE) fittings
build/put up shelves
lay wooden flooring/timber decking/floor tiles/a carpet/a patio
put up/hang/take down a picture/painting/poster/curtain
do (BrE) DIY/carpentry/the plumbing/the wiring
make home improvements
add/install central heating/underfloor heating/insulation
fit/install double-glazing/a smoke alarm
insulate your house/your home/the walls/the pipes/the tanks/(especially BrE) the loft
fix/repair a roof/a leak/a pipe/the plumbing/a leaking (especially BrE) tap/(NAmE usually) faucet
block/clog (up)/unblock/unclog a pipe/sink
make/drill/fill a hole
hammer (in)/pull out/remove a nail
tighten/untighten/loosen/remove a screw
live in a rented/(especially NAmE) rental property
rent/share/move into a furnished house/(BrE) flat/(especially NAmE) apartment
rent a studio/(BrE) a studio flat/(especially NAmE) a studio apartment/(BrE) a bedsit
find/get a housemate/(BrE) a flatmate/(NAmE) a roommate
sign/break the lease/rental agreement/contract
extend/renew/terminate the lease/(BrE) tenancy
afford/pay the rent/the bills/(NAmE) the utilities
(especially BrE) fall behind with/ (especially NAmE) fall behind on the rent
pay/lose/return a damage deposit/(NAmE) security deposit
give/receive a month's/two-weeks' notice to leave/vacate the property
Being a landlord
have a flat/apartment/room (BrE) to let/(especially NAmE) for rent
rent (out)/lease (out)/ (BrE) let (out)/sublet a flat/apartment/house/property
collect/increase/raise the rent
evict the existing tenants
attract/find new/prospective tenants
invest in rental property/(BrE) property to let/(BrE) the buy-to-let market
buy/acquire/purchase a house/(a) property/(especially NAmE) (a piece of) prime real estate
call/contact/use (BrE) an estate agent/(NAmE) a Realtor™/(NAmE) a real estate agent/broker
make/ (BrE) put in an offer on a house
put down/save for (BrE) a deposit on a house
make/put/save for (especially NAmE) a down payment on a house/home
apply for/arrange/take out a mortgage/home loan
(struggle to) pay the mortgage
make/meet/keep up/cover the monthly mortgage payments/(BrE also) repayments
(BrE) repossess/ (especially NAmE) foreclose on sb's home/house
put your house/property on the market/up for sale/up for auction
increase/lower your price/the asking price
have/hold/hand over the deed/(especially BrE) deeds of/to the house, land, etc.
• Andalusia, the home of flamenco
• Fitting a burglar alarm is the most effective way to increase home security.
• He came from an appalling home background.
• He claimed he had bought the cigarettes for home consumption, not to sell them.
• He didn't leave home until he was 24.
• He supplements his income with part-time or home work.
• He used to spend the summer painting at his country home.
• He went missing while on home leave from prison.
• He'd always dreamed of owning his own home.
• Her job means she's away from home for weeks at a time.
• I arranged to meet her in her office, as she seemed more relaxed on her home territory.
• I've tried all the home remedies for headaches without success.
• It's unusual for young people over 25 to still live in the family home.
• Let's go home— I'm tired.
• Make sure you insure your home contents for an adequate amount.
• More and more children in the school are from single-parent homes.
• My grandmother has a home help who comes and cleans twice a week.
• On the home front, the fuel crisis continues to worsen.
• Perhaps we could find a home for the kitten.
• Placing a child in public care is sometimes the only solution to ill-treatment in the natural home.
• Priceless antique furniture was destroyed in the fire at the stately home.
• She desperately missed her home comforts while camping.
• She had never had a stable home life.
• She left her native home in Ireland and went to America.
• She missed her mother's home cooking.
• The banner said ‘Welcome home dad!’
• The course is suitable for classroom or home study.
• The doctor was assaulted on a home visit.
• The first time he visited New Orleans he knew he had found his spiritual home.
• The hill is the legendary home of King Arthur.
• The hotel's friendly atmosphere makes it a real home (away) from home.
• The lock-up garage provides a secure home for your car.
• The mudflats offer a winter home to thousands of migrating swans.
• The newspaper gives priority to home news over international news.
• The people abandoned their homes and headed for the hills.
• The show gives home-grown musical talent the chance to show what they can do.
• The storm wrecked the family's caravan home.
• The team are playing away from home.
• The team's home form has slumped in recent weeks.
• These birds are in danger of becoming extinct as their forest home disappears.
• These children badly need a stable and secure home life.
• They also have a holiday home in Spain.
• They also have a weekend home in the Catskills.
• They are a difficult team to beat on their home ground.
• They designed and built their own home.
• They found their dream home on the shore of a lake.
• They hope to sell as many computers on the home market as they export.
• They run a retirement home for the elderly.
• This computer is marketed for home use.
• Try calling me on my home number after six o'clock.
• We are offering a free 15-day home trial on our software.
• We have a home movie of my dad teaching me to swim.
• We have to provide a good home for the children.
• Work begins this week on a purpose-built home for the city's homeless.
• a laser printer aimed at the home user
• a shelter for people with no permanent home
• a temporary home for the paintings
• children from a broken home
• home-grown vegetables
• home-made bread
• seamen serving in home waters
• the market for home entertainment systems
• the party's spokesman for home affairs
• A family of four was rescued early this morning when fire ripped through their terraced home.
• Eventually she had to give up her house and go into a nursing home.
• He refused to give up his house and garden and go into a retirement home.
• His children were upset when he sold the family home.
• I had always thought of India as my spiritual home.
• I often think about my friends back home.
• I'll call you from home later.
• Juliet left England and made Spain her home.
• My grandmother moved into an old people's home two years ago.
• Nora's parents lost custody, and she was placed in a children's home.
• Nowadays a lot of people work from home.
• She comes from a broken home.
• She had to move to a residential care home when her health deteriorated.
• She left home and began an independent life at sixteen.
• She made her home in Spain.
• The centre provides an adoption programme for pets needing new homes.
• The tiger's home is in the jungle.
• We bought a holiday home in France.
• We haven't found a home for all my father's books yet.
Idioms: at home ▪ away from home ▪ bring home the bacon ▪ bring something home to somebody ▪ come home to somebody ▪ hit home ▪ home and dry ▪ home from home ▪ home is where the heart is ▪ home sweet home ▪ set up home ▪ something comes home to roost ▪ when he's/it's at home
Derived: home in on something
Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition
home / həʊm / / hoʊm / noun (HOUSE/APARTMENT)
A1 [ C or U ] the house, apartment, etc. where you live, especially with your family:
The senator has two homes - an apartment in Washington and a house in Colorado.
He was living on the streets for three months, and his home was a cardboard box.
Phone me at home after four o'clock.
I took home a couple of books to read.
He left home (= stopped living with his parents) when he was 23.
More and more couples are setting up home together without getting married.
[ C ] a house, apartment, etc. when it is considered as property that you can buy or sell:
[ C ] the type of family you come from:
We had a happy home.
children from a broken home (= from a family in which the parents had separated)
C1 [ C ] a place where people or animals live and are cared for by people who are not their relations or owners:
a children's home/an old people's home/a dogs' home
He spent his early years in a home.
home / həʊm / / hoʊm / noun [ C or U ] (ORIGIN)
A1 someone's or something's place of origin, or the place where a person feels they belong:
I live in London, but my home (= where I was born) is in Yorkshire.
I was actually born in New Zealand, but I've lived in England for so long that it feels like home now.
home / həʊm / / hoʊm / noun (COUNTRY)
[ C or U ] your own country or your own area:
I wonder what they're doing back home.
be/play at home
If a sports team are/play at home, they play on their own sports field.
© Cambridge University Press 2013
I [ho͟ʊm]NOUN, ADJECTIVE, AND ADVERB USES
1) N-COUNT: oft poss N, also at N Someone's home is the house or flat where they live.
Last night they stayed at home and watched TV...
The General divided his time between his shabby offices in Carlton Gardens and his home in Hampstead.
...the allocation of land for new homes.
2) N-UNCOUNT You can use home to refer in a general way to the house, town, or country where someone lives now or where they were born, often to emphasize that they feel they belong in that place.
She gives frequent performances of her work, both at home and abroad...
His father worked away from home for much of Jim's first five years...
At seventeen, Daniele was told to leave home by her father...
Ms Highsmith has made Switzerland her home...
Warwick is home to some 550 international students...
Brian decided to leave the UK and set up home in Southern Spain...
He has moved back to his home town of Miami.
3) ADV: ADV after v, be ADV Home means to or at the place where you live.
His wife wasn't feeling too well and she wanted to go home...
I'll telephone you as soon as I get home...
Hi, Mom, I'm home!...
Company officials say striking union members should stay home today.
4) ADJ: ADJ n Home means made or done in the place where you live.
...cheap but healthy home cooking...
All you have to do is make a home video.
5) ADJ: ADJ n Home means relating to your own country as opposed to foreign countries.
Europe's software companies still have a growing home market.
...the Guardian's home news pages.
6) N-COUNT A home is a large house or institution where a number of people live and are looked after, instead of living in their own houses or flats. They usually live there because they are too old or ill to look after themselves or for their families to care for them.
It's going to be a home for handicapped children.
...an old people's home.
7) N-COUNT You can refer to a family unit as a home.
She had, at any rate, provided a peaceful and loving home for Harriet...
Single-parent homes are commonplace.
8) N-SING: with supp, usu N of n If you refer to the home of something, you mean the place where it began or where it is most typically found.
This south-west region of France is the home of claret.
9) N-COUNT: oft N for n If you find a home for something, you find a place where it can be kept.
The equipment itself is getting smaller, neater and easier to find a home for.
10) ADV: ADV after v If you press, drive, or hammer something home, you explain it to people as forcefully as possible.
It is now up to all of us to debate this issue and press home the argument.
11) N-UNCOUNT: usu at N When a sports team plays at home, they play a game on their own ground, rather than on the opposing team's ground.
I scored in both games against Barcelona; we drew at home and beat them away.
ADJ: ADJ n
Home is also an adjective. All three are Chelsea fans, and attend all home games together.
12) PHRASE: v-link PHR If you feel at home, you feel comfortable in the place or situation that you are in.
He spoke very good English and appeared pleased to see us, and we soon felt quite at home...
I am not completely at home in any Protestant Church.
13) PHRASE: V inflects, usu PHR to n To bring something home to someone means to make them understand how important or serious it is.
Their sobering conversation brought home to everyone present the serious and worthwhile work the Red Cross does.
14) PHRASE: v-link PHR If you say that someone is, in British English home and dry, or in American English home free, you mean that they have been successful or that they are certain to be successful.
The prime minister and the moderates are not yet home and dry.
15) PHRASE: V inflects If a situation or what someone says hits home or strikes home, people accept that it is real or true, even though it may be painful for them to realize.
Did the reality of war finally hit home?...
Israeli officials say that message struck home.
16) PHRASE: usu v-link PHR (approval) You can say a home from home in British English or a home away from home in American English to refer to a place in which you are as comfortable as in your own home.
Many cottages are a home from home, offering microwaves, dishwashers, tvs and videos.
17) CONVENTION (politeness) If you say to a guest `Make yourself at home', you are making them feel welcome and inviting them to behave in an informal, relaxed way.
18) PHRASE: v-link PHR If you say that something is nothing to write home about, you mean that it is not very interesting or exciting. [INFORMAL]
So a dreary Monday afternoon in Walthamstow is nothing to write home about, right?
19) PHRASE: V inflects If something that is thrown or fired strikes home, it reaches its target. [WRITTEN]
Only two torpedoes struck home.II [ho͟ʊm]PHRASAL VERB USES
homes, homing, homed
- home in
1home /ˈhoʊm/ noun, pl homes
1 : the place (such as a house or apartment) where a person lives
• Right now his home is a small apartment.
• People are concerned about protecting their homes.
• (chiefly US) The neighborhood is filled with expensive new homes. [=houses]
• They've started on a major home-improvement project. [=a project to make their house better, bigger, more modern, etc.]
• They have a second/vacation home on the lake.
• There's no place like home.
• Let's stay at home tonight. [=let's not go out tonight]
• I must have left my notes at home.
• We're a long way from home. [=we are not close to our house]
• I will be away from home [=I will not be at my house] for two weeks.
• He has no place to call home. [=he does not have a place to live]
• He works at/from home. [=he does his work in his house and not in an office building]
- see also at home (below), mobile home, motor home
2 [count] : a family living together in one building, house, etc.
• She made a good home for her husband and children.
• She came from a troubled home. [=a family with many problems]
• He comes from a broken home. [=a family in which the parents have divorced]
• She lived at home [=she lived with her parents or family] until she got married.
• He left home [=left his parent's house and lived in his own house] after graduating from high school.
3 a : a place where something normally or naturally lives or is located
• Australia is the home [=habitat] of the kangaroo.
• The islands are home to many species of birds.
b [count] : the place where something began or was created - usually + of
• The restaurant advertises itself as the home of the “Big Burger.”
c [count] : a place where something is placed, stored, etc.
• Can you find homes for these files in your office?
4 : the place where someone lives or originally comes from : the place to which you feel most strongly attached
• New York will always be home to me.
• They made their home [=they settled] on the banks of the Mississippi.
• People back home [=in his hometown; in the place he is from] would never believe how much he has changed.
• He has fond memories of his boyhood home. [=the place where he lived as a boy]
5 [count] : the place where an organization, a company, etc., is located and operates
• This building will be the orchestra's new home.
• The big television networks have their homes in the same city.
6 [count] : a place where people who are unable to care for themselves live and are cared for
• an orphan's home
• an old people's home
• She doesn't want to put her mother in a home.
- see also nursing home, rest home
7 [noncount] : a place that you try to reach in some games (such as baseball)
• He was tagged out at home.
- see also home plate
1 : in your own country and not a foreign country
• We face serious threats both at home and abroad.
2 sports : in a team's own stadium, park, etc. : in the place where a team is based
• The team's next six games are at home. [=in its own stadium]
• The team has done much better at home [=in its home games] than on the road.
- see also 1home 1 (above)
3 : relaxed and comfortable
• She feels at home on the stage.
• They made me feel (right) at home my first day at the new job.
• Come on in and make yourself at home. [=do what you need to do to feel relaxed and comfortable]
• The professor is equally at home in politics and history. [=knows a lot about both politics and history]
• I've never really felt/been completely at home with [=comfortable and confident about using] all these new-fangled machines.
charity begins at home
- see charity
home away from home US or Brit home from home : a place that is as pleasant and comfortable as your own home
• Whenever he came to the city, his brother's place was like a home away from home.
home sweet home
✦You say home sweet home to show that you are happy when you return to your home after being away from it.
- home·like /ˈhoʊmˌlaɪk/ adj [more ~; most ~] chiefly US
• an inn with a homelike atmosphere