home - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the place where you live

    We go to a school close to our home.

    a child in need of a loving home

    at home:

    Peter isn’t at home today.

    away from home:

    I hate being away from home too long.

    1. a.
      [uncountable] the place where your parents live and where you grew up
      at home:

      He is 43 and still living at home.

      leave home (=permanently stop living with your parents):

      I left home when I was 18.

    2. b.
      [uncountable] the country or city where you live
      make something your home:

      We decided to make Jamaica our home.

      at home:

      a great opportunity in markets both at home and abroad

      back home (=in my country):

      Back home, the weather is much better.

      be home to:

      California is home to many vineyards.

    3. c.
      [only before noun] relating to your home rather than your work

      a home computer

      home address/telephone number:

      Write your home address at the top of your letter.

      home life (=family relationships):

      My home life is very important to me.

    4. d.
      [only before noun] done, made, or experienced at home
    5. e.
      [only before noun] relating to things that happen within a country, rather than between different countries

      These cameras sell well in the home market.

      the minister for home affairs

  2. 2
    [countable] a building for people to buy or rent

    One thousand new homes are being built in the area.

    There is a shortage of homes for rent.

    1. a.
      a building where people who need special care can live and be looked after, for example an old-people’s home or a children’s home

      They didn’t want to put their mother in a home.

      home for:

      a home for orphans

    2. b.
      British a building where animals, especially dogs or cats, who have no owner are looked after

      the city dogs’ home

  3. 3
    [uncountable] the place where a sports team is based and plays most of its games. A team that is playing at home is called the home team. If a team plays at the place where the opposing team is based, they are playing away
    at home:

    United are playing at home tonight.

  4. 4
    [singular] the place where something first started or was first made
    home of:

    Scotland is the home of golf.

  5. 5
    [uncountable] a place on a sports field that a player must try to get to in order to score a point in some sports
  6. 6
    [uncountable] computing a home page
  7. 7
    [countable] the place where a particular group of people or type of plant or animal lives
    home of:

    These wetlands are the home of a great variety of wildlife.

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