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house

noun uk   /haʊs/ (plural houses   /ˈhaʊzɪz/   ) us  

house noun (HOME)

A1 [C] a building that people, usually one family, live in: a detached/semi-detached house to buy/rent a house house prices She lives in a little house in (US on) Cross Street. [C usually singular] all the people living in a house: Try not to wake the whole house when you come in! [C] a building where animals are kept: the monkey/lion house at the zoo a hen house

house noun (PUBLIC BUILDING)

[C] a building or part of a building that is used for a special purpose: the Sydney Opera House Broadcasting House

house noun (BUSINESS)

a company that is involved in a particular area of business: a publishing house a fashion houseUK a curry house (= a South Asian restaurant)

house noun (MUSIC)

[U] (also house music) popular dance music with a fast regular beat, usually produced on electronic equipment: House music first appeared in the late 1980s.

house noun (SCHOOL GROUP)

[C] UK any of a small number of groups that the children in a school are put in for sports and other competitions: an inter-house hockey match

house noun (FAMILY)

[C] an important family, especially a royal one: The British Royal Family belong to the House of Windsor.

house noun (POLITICS)

[C] an organization that makes laws, or its meeting place the House the members of the organization that makes laws: The House began sitting at 3 p.m./rose at 2 a.m. [S] the group of people who suggest a subject for a debate: The motion for tonight's debate is, "This house believes that capital punishment should be abolished."

house noun (PEOPLE AT THEATRE)

C2 [C] the people watching a performance, especially in a theatre: The opera played to a full/packed house.

house

verb [T] uk   /haʊz/ us  
C2 to give a person or animal a place to live, or to provide space for something: It will be difficult to house all the refugees. The museum houses the biggest collection of antique toys in Europe.
(Definition of house from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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