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Meaning of “host” in the English Dictionary

"host" in British English

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hostnoun

uk   /həʊst/  us   /hoʊst/
  • host noun (PERSON WITH GUESTS)

B2 [C] (female also hostess) someone who has ​guests: We ​thankedour hosts for a very ​enjoyableevening. The ​locallanguageschool is ​advertising for host families (= ​familiespeoplestay with when they are ​visiting another ​country).

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  • host noun (ON TELEVISION)

C2 [C] (female also hostess) a ​person who ​introducesguests and ​performers, ​especially on ​television or ​radio: Our host for tonight's show is Jimmy Fallon.

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  • host noun (FOR AN EVENT)

[C] a ​place or ​organization that ​provides the ​space and other ​necessary things for a ​specialevent: Japan is playing host to the next ​internationalconference. the host nation for the next World Cup

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  • host noun (ANIMAL/PLANT)

[C] specialized biology a ​plant or ​animal that another ​plant or ​animallives on as a ​parasite
  • host noun (CHURCH)

the host [S] specialized the ​holybread that is ​eaten at ​Communion (= a ​Christianreligiousceremony)
  • host noun (INTERNET)

[C] a ​company that hosts a ​website on the internet

hostverb [T]

uk   /həʊst/  us   /hoʊst/
  • host verb [T] (EVENT)

C1 to ​provide the ​space and other things ​necessary for a ​specialevent: Which ​country is hosting the next ​Olympic Games?

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  • host verb [T] (WEBSITE)

to ​provide the ​computer hardware and ​software that ​allows a ​website to ​exist on the internet: I've written my ​website, now I just need to ​find a ​company to host it.
(Definition of host from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"host" in American English

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hostnoun

 us   /hoʊst/
  • host noun (PARTY ORGANIZER)

[C] (female hostess,  /ˈhoʊ·stəs/ ) someone who gives a ​party or has ​guests: Lucy was a ​gracious host. Vancouver ​played host to the ​conference (= the ​eventhappened there).
  • host noun (BROADCASTER)

[C] (female hostess,  /ˈhoʊ·stəs/ ) a ​person who ​introducesguests and performers on ​television or ​radio: a talk-show host
  • host noun (PLANT/ANIMAL)

[C] a ​plant or ​animal that another ​plant or ​animallives on as a ​parasite
  • host noun (LARGE NUMBER)

[C usually sing] a ​largenumber: They ​cared for ​woundedsoldiers and ​performed a host of other duties.

hostverb [T]

 us   /hoʊst/
to be the host for ​guests or for a ​specialevent: Which ​country is hosting the next ​Olympics?
(Definition of host from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"host" in Business English

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hostnoun

uk   us   /həʊst/
[C or U] a country, city, or ​organization that ​providesbuildings, ​services, etc. for an ​event: host to sth The ​primeminister will be playing host to the world's ​leaders over the next couple of weeks.host for sth Her role is to encourage ​investment in the city and ​promote its use as a host for ​internationalevents.
[C] INTERNET, IT a ​company that ​provides the ​computerequipment and ​software necessary for a ​website to be ​available on the ​internet: When choosing a host, ​look for one that doesn’t ​chargeextra for you to set up ​emailaddresses. a web/​internet host
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[C] COMMUNICATIONS a ​person who ​introducesguests and ​performers, especially on ​television or radio: NBC ​hired him as the host of a late-night ​variety show. a radio/​talk show/TV host

hostverb [T]

uk   us   /həʊst/
to ​organize and ​providebuildings, ​services, etc. for an ​event: host a conference/a meeting/an event The ​organization will host a ​conference about how to ​cutcorporatecrime. He used to host a ​regularquarterlymeeting with ​executives.
INTERNET to ​provide the ​computerequipment and ​software necessary for a ​website to be ​available on the ​internet: The ​server hosts a web ​service that ​authenticatesuseraccessrequests.
(Definition of host from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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