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noun British English pronunciation: residence /ˈrezɪd(ə)ns/ 
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  1. 1
    [countable] formal a house or other place where someone lives, especially a large house used by an important person

    the President's official residence

    The building is partly a museum and partly a private residence.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the fact that someone lives somewhere, or the period of time that they spend living there

    After many years of residence in Paris, he returned home.

    take up residence (=start to live somewhere):

    He took up residence in Hollywood in 1999.

    1. a.
      the legal right to live in a country that is not your own

      The proposal would grant US residence to up to 20,000 refugees.

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