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noun room pronunciation in American English /rum/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a part of a building with a floor, walls, and a ceiling

    On the second floor were two large empty rooms.

    Annie ran out of the room.

    1. a.
      [countable] a bedroom in a home or in a place such as a hotel

      My mom told me to clean up my room.

      I’m staying in Room 52.

      a double/single room

    2. b.
      [countable] [usually singular] all the people in a room

      The whole room stood up and cheered.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the amount of space that is needed for a particular purpose

    There isn’t much room in here.

    room for:

    Is there room for one more in your car?

    room for someone to do something:

    There was just enough room for them all to sit down.

    room to do something:

    The band was good, but there was no room to dance.

    take up room:

    This table takes up too much room.

    make room (=create space by moving other things):

    We need to make room in here for the computer.

    leave room for something:

    Leave room between each plant for the roots to grow.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] the possibility for something to exist or happen
    room for:

    There is plenty of room for disagreement in this controversial area.

    There’s no room for doubt as to who did this.

    there is room for improvement (=an indirect way of saying something is not very good):

    There is clearly room for improvement in a number of management areas.


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