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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
home /hoʊm/USA pronunciation
n., adj., adv., v., homed, hom•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
adj. [before a noun]
- a house or apartment that is the usual place where one lives: [countable]bought a retirement home in Florida.[uncountable]He left home at six o'clock.
- the place in which one's family life and affections are centered[uncountable]thinking of home.
- a person's own country[uncountable]When we were in Uganda, we longed to hear the news from home.
- the place or region where something comes from or is most common[countable]Alaska is the home of Kodiak bears.
- headquarters[countable]The company's home is in Detroit.
- an institution for people with special needs[countable]a nursing home.
- Sport[uncountable] home plate.
- of, relating to, or done or made in one's home or country; domestic:home products.
- principal:the corporation's home office.
- Sportplayed in a team's own area:a home game.
- to, toward, or at home:I want to go home.
- deep; to the heart:The truth struck home.
- to the point aimed at:He drove the nail home.
- Rocketryhome in (on), [~ + in (on) + object] to go or move toward a specified target:The missile homed in on the target.
- in one's own house or place of residence:It was good to be at home again.
- comfortable; at ease:Make yourself at home.
Idiomsbring home, to make clearly evident: [ ~ + home + obj]:That defeat brought home to the team an awareness that they needed to practice.[ ~ + obj + home]:That defeat brought it home to me.
Idiomshome free, in a position assured of success or out of danger or jeopardy:Once we're past the guards we'll be home free.
Note that the word home usually does not take the preposition to:I went home. I started home.
knowledgeable about a subject:a scholar at home in the classics.
(hōm), n., adj., adv., v., homed, hom•ing.
- a house, apartment, or other shelter that is the usual residence of a person, family, or household.
- the place in which one's domestic affections are centered.
- an institution for the homeless, sick, etc.:a nursing home.
- the dwelling place or retreat of an animal.
- the place or region where something is native or most common.
- any place of residence or refuge:a heavenly home.
- a person's native place or own country.
- (in games) the destination or goal.
- a principal base of operations or activities:The new stadium will be the home of the local football team.
- Sport[Baseball.]See home plate.
- Sport[Lacrosse.]one of three attack positions nearest the opposing goal.
- in one's own house or place of residence.
- in one's own town or country.
- prepared or willing to receive social visits:Tell him I'm not at home. We are always at home to her.
- in a situation familiar to one; at ease:She has a way of making everyone feel at home.
proficient:to be at home in the classics.
- played in one's hometown or on one's own grounds:The Yankees played two games at home and one away.
- of, pertaining to, or connected with one's home or country; domestic:home products.
- principal or main:the corporation's home office.
- reaching the mark aimed at:a home thrust.
- Sport[Sports.]played in a ball park, arena, or the like, that is or is assumed to be the center of operations of a team:The pitcher didn't lose a single home game all season.Cf. away (def. 14).
- to, toward, or at home:to go home.
- deep; to the heart:The truth of the accusation struck home.
- to the mark or point aimed at:He drove the point home.
- into the position desired; perfectly or to the greatest possible extent:sails sheeted home.
- in the proper, stowed position:The anchor is home.
Idiomsbring home to, to make evident to; clarify or emphasize for:The irrevocability of her decision was brought home to her.
British Terms, Idiomshome and dry, [Brit. Informal.]having safely achieved one's goal.
- toward its vessel:to bring the anchor home.
- assured of finishing, accomplishing, succeeding, etc.:If we can finish more than half the work today, we'll be home free.
Idiomswrite home about, to comment especially on; remark on:The town was nothing to write home about. His cooking is really something to write home about.
- certain to be successfully finished, accomplished, secured, etc.:With most of the voters supporting it, the new law is home free.
- to go or return home.
- Aeronautics(of guided missiles, aircraft, etc.) to proceed, esp. under control of an automatic aiming mechanism, toward a specified target, as a plane, missile, or location (often fol. by in on):The missile homed in on the target.
- Aeronauticsto navigate toward a point by means of coordinates other than those given by altitudes.
- to have a home where specified;
- to bring or send home.
- to provide with a home.
- Aeronauticsto direct, esp. under control of an automatic aiming device, toward an airport, target, etc.
1 . abode, dwelling, habitation;
Middle English hom, Old English hām (noun, nominal and adverb, adverbial);
cognate with Dutch heim, Old Norse heimr, Danish hjem, Swedish hem, German Heim home, Gothic haims village;
akin to haunt
domicile. See house. 2 . hearth, fireside. 3 . asylum.
- MonarchyLord. See Douglas-Home.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
home /həʊm/ n
adj (usually prenominal)
- the place or a place where one lives
- a house or other dwelling
- a family or other group living in a house or other place
- a person's country, city, etc, esp viewed as a birthplace, a residence during one's early years, or a place dear to one
- the environment or habitat of a person or animal
- the place where something is invented, founded, or developed
- a building or organization set up to care for orphans, the aged, etc
- one's own ground: the match is at home
- the objective towards which a player strives in certain sports
- an area where a player is safe from attack
- NZ informal obsolete Britain, esp England
- a home from home ⇒ a place other than one's own home where one can be at ease
- at home ⇒ in one's own home or country
- at ease, as if at one's own home
- giving an informal party at one's own home
- at home in, at home on, at home with ⇒ familiar or conversant with
- home and dry ⇒ Brit informal definitely safe or successful: we will not be home and dry until the votes have been counted
Austral. and NZ equivalent: home and hosed
- near home ⇒ concerning one deeply
- of, relating to, or involving one's home, country, etc; domestic
- (of an activity) done in one's house: home taping
- relating to one's own ground: a home game
- US central; principal: the company's home office
- to or at home: I'll be home tomorrow
- to or on the point
- to the fullest extent: hammer the nail home
- bring home to ⇒ to make clear to
- to place the blame on
- nothing to write home about ⇒ informal to be of no particular interest: the film was nothing to write home about
Etymology: Old English hām; related to Old Norse heimr, Gothic haims, Old High German heim, Dutch heem, Greek kōmi villageˈhomeˌlike adj
- (intransitive) (of birds and other animals) to return home accurately from a distance
- often followed by on or onto: to direct or be directed onto a point or target, esp by automatic navigational aids
- to send or go home
- to furnish with or have a home
- (intr; often followed by in or in on) to be directed towards a goal, target, etc
Home /hjuːm/ n
- Baron ⇒
See Home of the Hirsel