see also: Home
  • (British) enPR: hōm, IPA: /(h)əʊm/
  • (America) enPR: hōm, IPA: /hoʊm/

home (plural homes)

  1. A dwelling.
    1. One’s own dwelling place; the house or structure in which one lives; especially the house in which one lives with one's family; the habitual abode of one’s family; also, one’s birthplace.
      • circa 1526 William Tyndale, Bible: John 22:10:
        And the disciples wet awaye agayne vnto their awne home.
      • 1808, John Dryden, Walter Scott (editor), The Works of John Dryden:
        Thither for ease and soft repose we come: / Home is the sacred refuge of our life; / Secured from all approaches, but a wife.
      • 1822, John Howard Payne, Home! Sweet Home!:
        Home! home! sweet, sweet home! / There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.
      • 1892, Walter Besant, “Prologue: Who is Edmund Gray?”, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619 ↗, page 16 ↗:
        Athelstan Arundel walked home all the way, foaming and raging. No omnibus, cab, or conveyance ever built could contain a young man in such a rage. His mother lived at Pembridge Square, which is four good measured miles from Lincoln's Inn.
        Rock-filled torrents smashed vehicles and homes, burying victims under rubble and sludge.
    2. The place where a person was raised; childhood or parental home; home of one’s parents or guardian.
      • 2004, Jean Harrison, Home:
        The rights listed in the UNCRC cover all areas of children's lives such as their right to have a home and their right to be educated.
    3. The abiding place of the affections, especially of the domestic affections.
      • 1837, George Gordon Byron, Don Juan ↗:
        He enter'd in the house—his home no more, / For without hearts there is no home; […]
    4. A house that has been made home-like, to suit the comfort of those who live there.
      It's what you bring into a house that makes it a home
    5. A place of refuge, rest or care; an asylum.
      a home for outcasts
      a home for the blind
      a veterans' home
    6. (by extension) The grave; the final rest; also, the native and eternal dwelling place of the soul.
      • 1769, King James Bible, Oxford Standard text, Ecclesiastes 12:5:
        […] because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: […]
  2. One’s native land; the place or country in which one dwells; the place where one’s ancestors dwell or dwelt.
    • 1863, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Our Old Home: A Series of English Sketches ↗:
      Visiting these famous localities, and a great many others, I hope that I do not compromise my American patriotism by acknowledging that I was often conscious of a fervent hereditary attachment to the native soil of our forefathers, and felt it to be our own Old Home.
    • 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, chapter IV, in Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 731476803 ↗:
      So this was my future home, I thought! Certainly it made a brave picture. I had seen similar ones fired-in on many a Heidelberg stein. Backed by towering hills, […] a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
    • 1980, Peter Allen, song, I Still Call Australia Home:
      I've been to cities that never close down / From New York to Rio and old London town / But no matter how far or how wide I roam / I still call Australia home.
  3. The locality where a thing is usually found, or was first found, or where it is naturally abundant; habitat; seat.
    the home of the pine
    • 1706, Matthew Prior, An Ode, Humbly Inscribed to the Queen, on the ẛucceẛs of Her Majeẛty's Arms, 1706, as republished in 1795, Robert Anderson (editor), The Works of the British Poets:
      […] Flandria, by plenty made the home of war, / Shall weep her crime, and bow to Charles r'estor'd, […]
    • 1849, Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam A. H. H.:
      Her eyes are homes of silent prayer, / Nor other thought her mind admits / But, he was dead, and there he sits, / And he that brought him back is there.
      Africa is home to so many premier-league diseases (such as AIDS, childhood diarrhoea, malaria and tuberculosis) that those in lower divisions are easily ignored.
  4. A focus point.
    1. (board games) The ultimate point aimed at in a progress; the goal.
      The object of Sorry! is to get all four of your pawns to your home.
    2. (baseball) Home plate.
    3. (lacrosse) The place of a player in front of an opponent’s goal; also, the player.
    4. (Internet) The landing page of a website; the site's homepage.
  5. (computers) Clipping of home directory#English|home directory.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: lar, casa
  • Russian: дом
Translations Translations Translations Translations Verb

home (homes, present participle homing; past and past participle homed)

  1. (always with "in on", transitive) To seek or aim for something.
    The missile was able to home in on the target.
    • 2008 July, Ewen Callaway, New Scientist:
      Much like a heat-seeking missile, a new kind of particle homes in on the blood vessels that nourish aggressive cancers, before unleashing a cell-destroying drug.
  • German: anpeilen, zielen
  • Italian: centrare
  • Russian: наводи́ться

home (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to one’s dwelling or country; domestic; not foreign; as home manufactures; home comforts. [from 13th c.]
  2. (now, rare, except in phrases) That strikes home; direct, pointed. [from 17th c.]
    a home truth
  3. (obsolete) Personal, intimate. [17th–19th c.]
    • 1778, Frances Burney, Journals & Letters, Penguin 2001, p. 91:
      I hardly knew what I answered him, but, by degrees I tranquillised, as I found he forbore distressing me any further, by such Home strokes […].

home (not comparable)

  1. to home
    1. to one's place of residence or one's customary or official location
      go home, come home, carry home
      • 1863, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Our Old Home: A Series of English Sketches ↗,
        He made no complaint of his ill-fortune, but only repeated in a quiet voice, with a pathos of which he was himself evidently unconscious, "I want to get home to Ninety-second Street, Philadelphia."
    2. to one's place of birth
    3. to the place where it belongs; to the end of a course; to the full length
      to drive a nail home; to ram a cartridge home
      • c.1603, William Shakespeare The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice, Act 5, Scene 1,
        Wear thy good rapier bare, and put it home: […]
      • 1988, Roald Dahl, Matilda
        Eventually she managed to slide the lid of the pencil-box right home and the newt was hers. Then, on second thoughts, she opened the lid just the tiniest fraction so that the creature could breathe.
    4. (internet) to the home page
      Click here to go home.
  2. in one's place of residence or one's customary or official location; at home
    Everyone's gone to watch the game; there's nobody home.
  3. To a full and intimate degree; to the heart of the matter; fully, directly.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, dedication to the Duke of Buckingham, in Essays Civil and Moral,
      I do now publish my Essays; which of all my other works have been most current : for that, as it seems, they come home to men's business and bosoms.
    • 1718, Robert South, Twelve Sermons Preached at Several Times, And upon ẛeveral Occasions,
      How home the charge reaches us, has been made out by ẛhewing with what high impudence ẛome amongẛt us defend sin, ...
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, Letter 67:
      Her treatment of you, you say, does no credit either to her education or fine sense. Very home put, truly!
  4. (UK, soccer) into the goal
    • 2004, Tottenham 4-4 Leicester ↗, BBC Sport: February,
      Walker was penalised for a picking up a Gerry Taggart backpass and from the resulting free-kick, Keane fired home after Johnnie Jackson's initial effort was blocked.
  5. (nautical) into the right, proper or stowed position
    sails sheeted home
Synonyms Related terms Translations Translations
  • French: à la maison
  • German: nach Hause, nachhause, heimwärts, heim
  • Italian: a casa
  • Portuguese: para casa
  • Russian: домо́й
  • Spanish: a casa


home (uncountable)

  1. (computing) A key that when pressed causes the cursor to go to the first character of the current line, or on the Internet to the top of the web page.
Antonyms Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈhjuːm/
Proper noun
  1. Surname

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