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"room" in British English

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uk   /ruːm/ /rʊm/  us   /ruːm/  /rʊm/
  • room noun (PLACE)

A1 [C] a ​part of the inside of a ​building that is ​separated from other ​parts by ​walls, ​floor, and ​ceiling: I like this room - it has plenty of ​light. I could ​hearpeopletalking in the next room. She's ​waiting for you in the ​conference room ​upstairs.figurative The ​whole room (= all the ​people in the room)turned and ​looked at her.
a ​bedroom: She's ​upstairs in her room. Go ​tidyyour room, or you can't ​watch TV ​tonight. a single/​double room (= a ​bedroom for one ​person/two ​people)
[C] used as a ​combiningform in the ​names of ​particular rooms: a ​bedroom a ​bathroom a ​dining room a ​living room
rooms [plural] UK old-fashioned
a set of ​rented rooms, ​especially in a ​college or ​university

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  • room noun (SPACE)

B1 [U] the ​amount of ​space that someone or something ​needs: That ​sofa would take up too much room in the ​flat. James took the ​books off the little ​table to make room for the ​television. He's ​fainted! Don't ​crowd him - give him room. Is there (enough/any) room for me in the ​car? [+ to infinitive] There's ​hardly room tomove in here.
[U] opportunity for doing something: I ​feel the ​company has little room for/tomanoeuvre.

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  • If we ​push the ​table back against the ​wall, we'll have more room.
  • Come and ​stay with us - we've got ​bags of room.
  • Scoot over and make room for ​yoursister.
  • We have no room for ​shirkers in this ​office.
  • Shove over, Lena, and make some room for me.

roomverb [I usually + adv/prep]

uk   /ruːm/ /rʊm/  us   /ruːm/  /rʊm/ US
(Definition of room from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"room" in American English

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 us   /rum, rʊm/
  • room noun (PLACE)

[C] an ​area within a ​building that has ​its own ​walls, ​floor, ​ceiling, and ​door: The ​house has a ​laundry room.
  • room noun (SPACE)

[U] spaceavailable for something: Is there any room for me in the ​car? fig. She writes ​better, but there is still room for ​improvement.

roomverb [I always + adv/prep]

 us   /rum, rʊm/
to ​share a room with someone, esp. a rented room: I roomed with Anita in ​college.
(Definition of room from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"room" in Business English

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uk   us   /ruːm, rʊm/
[C] a ​part of the inside of a ​building that is ​separated from other ​parts by walls, ​floor, and ​ceiling: ameeting/​conference/dining room
[U] opportunity for doing something: room for sth I ​feel the ​company has little room for ​manoeuvre.
rooms [plural]
PROPERTY rooms that you ​rent in a ​building: He lived in rooms above a ​shop.
room for improvement
used to say that something is not good enough and could be made better: The ​business is doing well, but there is definitely room for ​improvement.
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roomverb [I]

uk   us   /ruːm, rʊm/ PROPERTY
to ​rent a room from someone, or ​share a ​rented room with someone: He rooms with one of his ​colleagues.
(Definition of room from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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