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"house" in British English

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housenoun

uk   /haʊs/  us   /haʊs/ (plural houses uk   /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 ​peopleliving 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

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  • house noun (PUBLIC BUILDING)

[C] a ​building or ​part of a ​building that is used for a ​specialpurpose: the Sydney Opera House Broadcasting House
  • house noun (SCHOOL GROUP)

[C] UK any of a ​smallnumber of ​groups that the ​children in a ​school are put in for ​sports and other competitions: an inter-house ​hockeymatch
  • house noun (FAMILY)

[C] UK an ​importantfamily, ​especially a ​royal one: The British Royal Family ​belong to the House of Windsor.
  • house noun (POLITICS)

[C] an ​organization that makes ​laws, or ​itsmeetingplace
the House
the ​members of the ​organization that makes ​laws: The House ​begandebating the ​proposal at 3 p.m.
[S] the ​group of ​people who ​suggest a ​subject for a ​debate: The ​motion for tonight's ​debate is, "This house ​believes that ​capitalpunishment should be ​abolished."
  • house noun (PEOPLE AT THEATRE)

C2 [C] the ​peoplewatching a ​performance, ​especially in a ​theatre: The ​operaplayed to a full/​packed house.

houseverb [T]

uk   /haʊz/  us   /haʊz/
C2 to give a ​person or ​animal a ​place to ​live, or to ​providespace for something: It will be ​difficult to house all the ​refugees. The ​museum houses the ​biggestcollection of ​antiquetoys in ​Europe.

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

"house" in American English

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housenoun [C]

 us   /hɑʊs/ (plural houses  /ˈhɑʊ·zəz, -səz/ )
  • house noun [C] (HOME)

a ​building in which ​people, usually one ​family, ​live: to ​buy/​rent a house a ​brick/​clapboard house my/​your/grandma’s house
A house can also be a ​building where ​animals are ​kept: a ​dog house
A house (also (also household)) can also be all the ​peopleliving in a house: Try not to ​wake the ​whole house when you come in!
  • house noun [C] (BUSINESS)

a ​business or ​organization: a ​publishing/​fashion house
A house can also be a ​building or ​part of a ​building which is used by an ​organization: the Metropolitan Opera House
  • house noun [C] (POLITICS)

an ​organization that makes ​laws, or ​itsmeetingplace
infml The House is the US house of ​representatives.
  • house noun [C] (THEATER)

the ​seats in a ​theater, or the ​peoplewatching a ​performance: The ​operaplayed to a ​full/​empty house.

houseverb [T]

 us   /hɑʊz/
to give a ​person a ​place to ​live: Homeless ​families have been housed in ​motels. The ​building houses the ​library (= gives it ​space).
(Definition of house from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"house" in Business English

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housenoun [C]

uk   us   /haʊs/ (plural houses /ˈhaʊzɪz/ )
COMMERCE a ​company that is involved in a particular ​type of ​business: a fashion/​banking/​publishing house
House
( abbreviation Ho) used in the ​names of ​office or ​companybuildings: The ​conferenceproceeded at the Cannon House ​Office Building.
COMMERCE a ​restaurant or café: a coffee/tea house
in house
WORKPLACE used to describe ​work that is done by a company's ​paidemployees: He'll ​keep the ​work in house, and get it done more cost-effectively than by using a sub-contractor.
on the house
used to describe something, usually a ​meal or a drink, that is ​free: The ​managersent over a tray of drinks on the house.
(Definition of house from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “house”
in Korean 집…
in Arabic بَيْت…
in Malaysian diletakkan…
in French placer…
in Russian дом, домочадцы, здание…
in Chinese (Traditional) 家, 房屋,住宅, 住在一間房子裡的人…
in Italian casa…
in Turkish ev, ev halkı, iş/faaliyet yapılan yer…
in Polish dom, budynek, widownia…
in Spanish guardar…
in Vietnamese ở, trú…
in Portuguese casa…
in Thai เก็บ…
in German verstauen…
in Catalan casa…
in Japanese 家, 住宅…
in Chinese (Simplified) 家, 房屋,住宅, 住在一所房子里的人…
in Indonesian menyimpan…
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“house” in Business English

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