home1 W1S1 [həum US houm] n
1¦(place where you live)¦
3¦(where you came from/belong)¦
4¦(your country)¦
5 be/feel at home
7¦(for taking care of somebody)¦
8 make yourself at home
9 make somebody feel at home
10 the home of something
11¦(sports team)¦
12 home from home
13 home sweet home
14 dogs'/cats' home
15 find a home for something
16 what's that when it's at home?
[: Old English; Origin: ham 'village, home']
1.) ¦(PLACE WHERE YOU LIVE)¦ [U and C]
the house, apartment, or place where you live
They have a beautiful home in California.
Good luck in your new home!
at home
Last night we stayed at home and watched TV.
away from home
He was spending more and more time away from home.
work from/at home
(=do your work at home instead of at a company office)
A family of birds made their home (=started living) under the roof.
2.) ¦(FAMILY)¦ [U and C]
the place where a child lived with his or her family
Jack left home when he was 16.
Were you still living at home (=with your parents) ?
Carrie moved out of the family home a year ago.
the place where you came from or where you usually live, especially when this is the place where you feel happy and comfortable
She was born in Italy, but she's made Charleston her home .
back home
The folks back home don't really understand what life is like here.
the country where you live, as opposed to foreign countries
at home
auto sales at home and abroad
back home
Even though he's been travelling around the world, he's kept up with what's going on back home.
5.) be/feel at home
a) to feel comfortable in a place or with a person
be/feel at home in/with
I'm already feeling at home in the new apartment.
After a while we began to feel at home with each other.
b) to feel happy or confident about doing or using something
be/feel at home with/in
Practise using the video until you feel quite at home with it.
6.) ¦(PROPERTY)¦
a house, apartment etc considered as property which you can buy or sell
Attractive, modern homes for sale.
a place where people who are very old or sick, or children who have no family are looked after
an old people's home
I could never put Dad into a home .
8.) make yourself at home
spoken used to tell someone who is visiting you that they should relax
Sit down and make yourself at home.
9.) make sb feel at home
to make someone feel relaxed by being friendly towards them
We like to make our customers feel at home.
10.) the home of sth
a) the place where something was first discovered, made, or developed
America is the home of baseball.
b) the place where a plant or animal grows or lives
India is the home of elephants and tigers.
11.) ¦(SPORTS TEAM)¦
at home
if a sports team plays at home, they play at their own sports field
≠ ↑away at home to
Birmingham Bullets are at home to Kingston.
12.) home from home
BrE home away from home AmE
a place that you think is as pleasant and comfortable as your own house
13.) home sweet home
used to say how nice it is to be in your own home
14.) dogs'/cats' home
BrE a place where animals with no owners are looked after
15.) find a home for sth
BrE to find a place where something can be kept
Can you find a home for the piano?
16.) what's that when it's at home?
BrE spoken used humorously to ask what a long or unusual word means
17.) ¦(GAMES)¦[U]
a place in some games or sports which a player must try to reach in order to win a point
home 2
home2 W1S1 adv
1.) to or at the place where you live
Is Sue home from work yet?
bring/take sb/sth home
They brought the baby home from the hospital on Friday.
We stayed home last night.
I'm going home now. See you tomorrow.
come/get/reach etc home
(=arrive at your home)
It was midnight by the time we got home.
What time are you coming home?
2.) take home £120 per week/$600 a month etc
to earn a certain amount of money after tax has been taken off
The average worker takes home around $300 a week.
3.) hit/drive/hammer etc sth home
a) to make sure that someone understands what you mean by saying it in an extremely direct and determined way
We really need to drive this message home.
b) to hit or push something firmly into the correct position
4.) bring sth home to sb/come home to sb
to make you realize how serious, difficult, or dangerous something is
The episode has brought home to me the pointlessness of this war.
5.) hit/strike home
if a remark, situation, or experience hits home, it makes you realize how serious, difficult, or dangerous something is
She could see that her remark had hit home.
6.) be home and dry
BrE informal to have succeeded in doing something
7.) be home free
AmE informal to have succeeded in doing the most difficult part of something
If I last five years with no symptoms, I'll be home free.
close to home atclose2 (19)
HINT sense 1
Do not use a preposition (a word such as 'at' or 'to') before home when it is an adverb: I travel home by bus (NOT I travel at home by bus). He returned home (NOT He returned to home).
home 3
home3 adj [only before noun]
1.) relating to or belonging to your home or family
home address/number
(=the address or telephone number of your house)
These children need a proper home life .
2.) done at home or intended for use in a home
good old-fashioned home cooking
a home computer
3.) played or playing at a team's own sports field, rather than an opponent's field
home team/game/crowd/club etc
The home team took the lead after 25 minutes.
4.) relating to a particular country, as opposed to foreign countries
The meat was destined for the home market.
home 4
home4 v
home in on [home in on sth] phr v
1.) to aim exactly at an object or place and move directly to it
The bat can home in on insects using a kind of 'radar'.
2.) to direct your efforts or attention towards a particular fault or problem
He homed in on the one weak link in the argument.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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