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noun home pronunciation in British English /həʊm/
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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
      home cooking/shopping/banking
      home comforts
    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-peoples home or a childrens home
      They didn’t want to put their mother in a home.
      home for: a home for orphans
  3. 4
    [singular] the place where something first started or was first made
    home of: Scotland is the home of golf.
  4. 6
    [uncountable] computing a home page
  5. 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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