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

    Annie ran out of the room.

    On the second floor were two large empty rooms.

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

      My mum told me to tidy my room.

      I’m staying in Room 52.

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

      The whole room stood up and cheered.

    3. c.


      [plural] a set of rooms that you rent, usually in another person’s house or in a college
  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.

  4. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    get a room! spoken humorous said mockingly to two people who are indulging in a public display of affection, that they should either stop or continue in private

    Excuse me you two, get a room!

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 30/07/2014
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