Definition of “house” - English Dictionary

“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:

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

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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 (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 ] UK 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

[ 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)

houseverb [ T ]

uk /haʊz/ us /haʊz/

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.

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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 people living in a house:

Try not to wake the whole house when you come in!

house noun [ C ] (BUSINESS)

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 its meeting place

infml The House is the US house of representatives.

house noun [ C ] (THEATER)

the seats in a theater, or the people watching a performance:

The opera played to a full/empty house.

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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 /haʊs/ us plural houses /ˈhaʊzɪz/

COMMERCE a company that is involved in a particular type of business:

House

abbreviation Ho used in the names of office or company buildings:

The conference proceeded 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 paid employees:

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 manager sent over a tray of drinks on the house.

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