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  1. house
  2. noun

    • 1. a building for human habitation, especially one that is lived in by a family or small group of people:

      my wife and I are moving to a new house house prices
      Synonym : home, place of residence, homestead, lodging place, a roof over one's head, habitation, residence, dwelling, dwelling place, abode, domicile
    • 2. the people living in a house; a household:

      do you want the whole house woken up?
      Synonym : household, family, family circle, ménage, clan, tribe, brood
    • 3. a family or family lineage, especially a noble or royal one; a dynasty:

      the power and prestige of the House of Stewart
    • 4. a building in which animals live or in which things are kept:

      a reptile house
    • 5. a building in which people meet for a particular activity:

      a house of prayer
    • 6. a business or institution:

      he had purchased a publishing house
    • 7. a restaurant or inn:

      I ordered a bottle of their house wine
    • 8. a brothel.

    • 9. a theater:

      a hundred musicians performed in front of a full house
      Synonym : audience, crowd, those present, listeners, spectators, viewers, gathering, assembly, assemblage, congregation, gallery, stalls, punters
    • 10. a religious community that occupies a particular building:

      the Cistercian house at Clairvaux
    • 11. a residential hall at a school or college:

      a house of 45 boarders
    • 12. a college of a university.

    • 13. a legislative or deliberative assembly:

      the sixty-member National Council, the country's upper house
      Synonym : legislative assembly, legislative body, chamber, council, parliament, diet, congress, senate
    • 14. the House of Representatives or (in the UK or Canada) the House of Commons or Lords:

      the government commanded an overall majority in the House
    • 15. a style of popular dance music typically using synthesized drum and bass lines, sparse repetitive vocals, and a fast beat:

      DJs specializing in techno, garage, and house
    • 16. any of the twelve divisions of the celestial sphere, based on the positions of the ascendant and midheaven at a given time and place, and determined by any of a number of methods.

    • 17. a celestial division represented as a sector on an astrological chart, used in allocating elements of character and circumstance to different spheres of human life.


    • 1. (of an animal or plant) kept in, frequenting, or infesting buildings.

    • 2. relating to a business, institution, or society:

      a house journal
    • 3. (of a band or group) resident or regularly performing in a club or other venue:

      the house band


    • 1. provide (a person or animal) with shelter or living quarters:

      attempts by the government to house the poor
      Synonym : accommodate, provide accommodation for, provide with accommodation, give accommodation to, make space for, make room for, give someone a roof over their head, provide a roof over someone's head, provide with a place to work, harbor, lodge, quarter, board, billet, take in, provide shelter for, shelter, sleep, put up, give a bed to, provide with a place to sleep
    • 2. provide space for; accommodate:

      the museum houses a collection of Roman sculpture
      Synonym : contain, hold, store, cover, protect, enclose, encase, sheathe, keep safe
    • 3. insert or fix (something) in a socket or mortise.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: house, plural noun: houses

    • v.: verb: house, 3rd person present: houses, gerund or present participle: housing, past tense: housed, past participle: housed

    • noun

      a building for human habitation, especially one that consists of a ground floor and one or more upper storeys:

      the people living in a house; a household:

    • adjective

      (of an animal or plant) kept in, frequenting, or infesting buildings.

      relating to a firm, institution, or society:

    • verb

      provide with shelter or accommodation:

      provide space for; contain or accommodate:

    • the official residence of the US president in Washington, DC.

      used in reference to the US president or presidency:

    • noun

      a place or situation in which all visitors are welcome:

      a day when members of the public are invited to visit a place or institution, especially one to which they do not normally have access.

    • noun

      a center for helping former drug addicts, prisoners, psychiatric patients, or others to adjust to life in general society.

      the halfway point in a progression:

    • noun

      an audience, or a group of people attending a meeting, that fills the venue for the event to capacity:

      a poker hand with three of a kind and a pair, beating a flush and losing to four of a kind.

    • noun

      another term for discount store

      a company that buys and sells bills of exchange.

    • noun

      a building or vault in which corpses or bones are piled.

      a place associated with violent death:

    • noun

      a building used for the meetings of the canons of a cathedral or other religious community.

      a place where a college fraternity or sorority meets.

    • noun

      a brand name used exclusively by a retailer (or a selected group of retailers) for a product or line of products that are typically sold for prices lower than that of comparable items with manufacturer brand names.

      a product bearing a brand name used by the retailer and sold for a lower price:

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