AskDefine | Define home

Dictionary Definition

home adj
1 used of your own ground; "a home game" [syn: home(a)] [ant: away]
2 relating to or being where one lives or where one's roots are; "my home town"
3 inside the country; "the British Home Office has broader responsibilities than the United States Department of the Interior"; "the nation's internal politics" [syn: home(a), interior(a), internal, national]

Noun

1 where you live at a particular time; "deliver the package to my home"; "he doesn't have a home to go to"; "your place or mine?" [syn: place]
2 housing that someone is living in; "he built a modest dwelling near the pond"; "they raise money to provide homes for the homeless" [syn: dwelling, domicile, abode, habitation, dwelling house]
3 the country or state or city where you live; "Canadian tariffs enabled United States lumber companies to raise prices at home"; "his home is New Jersey"
4 an environment offering affection and security; "home is where the heart is"; "he grew up in a good Christian home"; "there's no place like home"
5 an institution where people are cared for; "a home for the elderly" [syn: nursing home, rest home]
6 the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end [syn: base]
7 a social unit living together; "he moved his family to Virginia"; "It was a good Christian household"; "I waited until the whole house was asleep"; "the teacher asked how many people made up his home" [syn: family, household, house, menage]
8 (baseball) base consisting of a rubber slab where the batter stands; it must be touched by a base runner in order to score; "he ruled that the runner failed to touch home" [syn: home plate, home base, plate]
9 place where something began and flourished; "the United States is the home of basketball" adv
1 at or to or in the direction of one's home or family; "He stays home on weekends"; "after the game the children brought friends home for supper"; "I'll be home tomorrow"; "came riding home in style"; "I hope you will come home for Christmas"; "I'll take her home"; "don't forget to write home"
2 on or to the point aimed at; "the arrow struck home"
3 to the fullest extent; to the heart; "drove the nail home"; "drove his point home"; "his comments hit home"

Verb

1 provide with, or send to, a home
2 return home accurately from a long distance; "homing pigeons"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

hom < hām < *heimaz < *tkoi-, an o-grade variant of *tkei-. Cognate with German Heim, Dutch heem and heim-, and the place-name segment -ham "village."

Pronunciation

  • a UK , /həʊm/, /h@Um/
  • a US , /hoʊm/, /hoUm/
  • Rhymes with: -əʊm

Noun

  1. One’s own dwelling place; the house or structure in which one lives; especially the house in which one lives with his family; the habitual abode of one’s family; also, one’s birthplace.
    The disciples went away again to their own home. —John xx. 10.
    Home is the sacred refuge of our life. —Dryden.
    Home! home! sweet, sweet home! There’s no place like home. —Payne.
  2. One’s native land; the place or country in which one dwells; the place where one’s ancestors dwell or dwelt.
    Our old home England. —Hawthorne.
  3. The place where a person was raised. Childhood or parental home. Home of one’s parents or guardian.
    I left home last year.
  4. The abiding place of the affections, especially of the domestic affections.
    He entered in his house — his home no more, For without hearts there is no home. —Byron.
  5. 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.
    Her eyes are homes of silent prayer. —Tennyson.
    Flandria, by plenty made the home of war. —Prior.
  6. A place of refuge and rest; an asylum; as, a home for outcasts; a home for the blind; hence, especially, the grave; the final rest; also, the native and eternal dwelling place of the soul.
    Man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets.'' —Eccl. xii.
  7. In various games, the ultimate point aimed at in a progress; the goal.
  8. The plate at which the batter stands. The home base.
  9. The place of a player in front of an opponent’s goal; also, the player.
  10. The landing page of a website; the site's home page

Translations

house or structure in which someone lives
someone’s native land
  • Croatian: domovina
  • Danish: hjemland
  • Dutch: moederland
  • Estonian: kodumaa, isamaa
  • Finnish: kotimaa, kotiseutu, kotipesä
  • French: patrie
  • German: Heimat
  • Greek: πατρίδα
  • Hebrew:
  • Hungarian: szülőföld
  • Italian: patria, paese
  • Japanese: 故郷 (こきょう, kokyō), 母国 (ぼこく, bokoku)
  • Maltese: pajjiż
  • Norwegian: hjemland
  • Portuguese: lar, casa
  • Scots: hame, hyim
  • Slovene: dom
  • Swedish: hemland
  • Vietnamese: quê hương, tổ quốc
childhood or parental home
place of the affections
  • Croatian: dom
  • Portuguese: lar, casa
  • Russian: дом (dom)
  • Slovene: dom
  • Vietnamese: nhà
habitat
place of refuge or rest
goal (sports)
  • Italian: meta, traguardo
  • Vietnamese: đích

Derived terms

Verb

  1. (usually with "in on") To seek or aim for something.
    The missile was able to home on the target.

Translations

to home ("in on")
  • German: anpeilen, zielen
  • Russian: наводиться (navodít’sja)
  • Swedish: sikta in, sikta in sig på

Adjective

  1. Of or pertaining to one’s dwelling or country; domestic; not foreign; as home manufactures; home comforts.
  2. Close; personal; pointed; as, a home thrust.

Derived terms

Adverb

  1. To one’s home or country; as in the phrases, go home, come home, carry home.
  2. Close; closely.
    How home the charge reaches us, has been made out. —South.
    They come home to men’s business and bosoms. —Bacon.
  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
    Wear thy good rapier bare and put it home. —Shak.
  4. Into the goal
    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.

Usage notes

Home is often used in the formation of compound words, many of which need no special definition; as, home-brewed, home-built, home-grown, etc.

Translations

at home (adverb)
  • Danish: hjemme
  • Dutch: thuis
  • Finnish: kotona
  • French: à la maison
  • German: daheim, zu Hause, zuhause
  • Hungarian: otthon
  • Irish: sa bhaile
  • Romanian: acasă
  • Russian: дома
  • Slovene: doma
  • Turkish: evde
homewards (adverb)
  • Danish: hjem, hjemad
  • Dutch: naar huis
  • Finnish: kotiin
  • French: à la maison
  • German: nach Hause, nachhause
  • Irish: abhaile
  • Russian: домой
  • Slovene: domov
  • Turkish: eve, eve doğru

Etymology

homo. Compare Esperanto homo, French homme, Interlingua homine, Italian uomo, Portuguese homem, Romanian om, Sardinian ómine, Spanish hombre.

Noun

home

Esperanto

Etymology

From Esperanto homo.

Adverb

home

Finnish

Noun

home

Extensive Definition

A home is a place of residence or refuge. It is usually a place where an individual or a family can rest in and be able to store personal property. Modern households contain sanitary facilities and a means of preparing food.
There are certain cultures which lack permanent homes, such as with nomadic people.

Terminology

While a house (or other residential dwelling) is often referred to as a "home", the concept of "home" is a much broader idea which exceeds the denotation of a physical dwelling. A home is often a place of refuge and safety, where worldly cares fade and the things and people that one loves becomes the focus. Many people think of home in terms of where they grew up, and home can even be a time rather than a place.
A return to home that follows an earlier abandonment is often associated with nostalgia, or a longing for the past.

References

External links

home in Old English (ca. 450-1100): Hām
home in Aymara: Utjawi
home in Bengali: বাড়ি
home in German: Wohnsitz
home in Spanish: Hogar
home in French: Domicile
home in Icelandic: Heimili
home in Italian: Residenza
home in Dutch: Thuis (woning)
home in Japanese: 家庭
home in Portuguese: Lar
home in Finnish: Koti
home in Swedish: Hem
home in Ukrainian: Житло
home in Contenese: 屋企
home in Chinese: 家庭

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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