Definition of “room” - English Dictionary

“room” in British English

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roomnoun

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 hear people talking 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 tidy your room, or you can't watch TV tonight.
a single/double room (= a bedroom for one person/two people)

[ C ] used as a combining form in the names of particular rooms:

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 to move in here.

[ U ] opportunity for doing something:

I feel the company has little room for/to manoeuvre.

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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 your sister.
  • 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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roomnoun

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 ] space available for something:

Is there any room for me in the car?
fig. She writes better, but there is still room for improvement.

room verb [ I always + adv/prep ] (PLACE)

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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roomnoun

uk /ruːm, rʊm/ us

[ C ] a part of the inside of a building that is separated from other parts by walls, floor, and ceiling:

a meeting/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 /ruːm, rʊm/ us 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)