Meaning of “home” in the English Dictionary

"home" in British English

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homenoun

uk /həʊm/ us /hoʊm/

home noun (HOUSE/APARTMENT)

A1 [ C or U ] the house, apartment, etc. where you live, especially with your family:

The senator has two homes - an apartment in Washington and a house in Colorado.
He was living on the streets for three months, and his home was a cardboard box.
Call me at home after four o'clock.
women who decide to stay at home and look after their children
He left home (= stopped living with his parents) when he was 23.
UK More and more couples are setting up home together without getting married.

[ C ] a house, apartment, etc. when it is considered as property that you can buy or sell:

[ C ] the type of family you come from:

We had a happy home.
children from a broken home (= from a family in which the parents had separated)

C1 [ C ] a place where people or animals live and are cared for by people who are not their relations or owners:

a children's home/an old people's home/a dogs' home
He spent his early years in a home.

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home noun (ORIGIN)

A1 [ C or U ] someone's or something's place of origin, or the place where a person feels they belong:

I live in London, but my home (= where I was born) is in Greece.
I was actually born in New Zealand, but I've lived in Hong Kong for so long that it feels like home now.

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home noun (COUNTRY)

[ C or U ] your own country or your own area:

She loves France, but she misses home.
At home we call this "lardy cake".
UK I wonder what they're doing back at home.
be/play at home

If a sports team are/play at home, they play on their own sports field.

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homeadverb

/həʊm/ /hoʊm/

at or to your house or the place where you live:

Don't worry, I'll be home soon.
US I'm sorry, he's not home right now.
mainly US The kids were home alone.
She decided to give up and go home.
He came home as the dawn was breaking.
Josh was tired so we took him home.
I took home a couple of books to read.
I'll bring everyone home after the party.
When you get home late you don't feel like cooking.
I hope you made it home safely last night?
mainly US women who decide to stay home and care for their children

in or to the country or area where you come from:

We pray all our troops will come home safely.
mainly US I wonder what they're doing back home.
US Back home we call this jelly.

homeadjective [ before noun ]

uk /həʊm/ us /hoʊm/

home adjective [ before noun ] (COUNTRY)

connected with or done in your own country:

His books were a success in his home country/market, but failed to find an audience abroad.

home adjective [ before noun ] (SPORTS)

relating to the place where a team is based and plays a lot of its games:

the home team/side
a home ground
a home match/game
the home strip (= clothing worn by a team when they play a home match)
home advantage (= the improved chance of success that playing at home gives to a team)

(Definition of “home” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"home" in American English

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homenoun [ C/U ]

us /hoʊm/

home noun [ C/U ] (HOUSE)

a structure in which a person lives, esp. a house or apartment:

[ U ] Phone me at home after four o’clock.
[ C ] We have a country home and a city home.

A home also refers to the family that lives together there:

[ C ] a happy home

A home is also a place where a group of people live who need special care:

[ C ] a nursing home

Your home address is the address of the place where you live.

Note: "House" is the more usual word for a building that one family lives in. The word "home" also refers to the life that goes on in that building.

home noun [ C/U ] (ORIGIN)

a place of origin, or the place where a person belongs:

[ C ] Australia is the home of the kangaroo.
[ U ] I’ve lived here for two years, but it still doesn’t feel like home.
at home

When you are at home in a place or situation, you are comfortable and relaxed there:

She’s beginning to feel at home in her new job.
Go into the living room and make yourself at home.

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homeadjective [ not gradable ]

us /hoʊm/

home adjective [ not gradable ] (IN HOUSE)

done or made in the place where you live:

home cooking

For a sports team, home refers to the city or the building or stadium where that team usually plays:

a home game

homeadverb [ not gradable ]

us /hoʊm/

home adverb [ not gradable ] (TOWARD HOUSE)

to or toward the place where you live:

going home

(Definition of “home” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"home" in Business English

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homeadjective [ before noun ]

uk /həʊm/ us

ECONOMICS relating to your own country, not a foreign country:

The company decided it was over-dependent on the home market, and struck out abroad.
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used to describe the place where a company has its main offices or factories:

Previously, European airlines could only fly to the US from the carrier's home country.

COMMERCE relating to the home, not business:

equipment for home use
home audio equipment

relating to the place where you live:

Please send the paperwork to my home address.
Home delivery is free if you spend more than £100.

homeadverb

uk /həʊm/ us
take home also bring home

to earn a particular amount of money after tax has been subtracted from your pay:

She takes home $3000 per month.

(Definition of “home” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)