house – Dictionary of English

Inflections of ‘house‘ (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb–for example, “a singing bird,” “It is singing.”
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense–for example, “He saw the man.” “She laughed.”
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs–for example, “the locked door,” “The door has been locked.”

WordReference Random House Learner’s Dictionary of American English © 2020

house /n., adj. haʊs; v. haʊz/USA pronunciation  
n., pl.  hous•es /ˈhaʊzɪz/USA pronunciation  v.,  housed, hous•ing, adj. 
n. [countable]

  1. a building in which people live; residence.
  2. household:In our house, my parents make decisions together.
  3. a family, including ancestors and descendants:[often: House]the House of Hapsburg.
  4. a building, enclosure, or other construction for any of various purposes:[used with a noun in combination]a clubhouse (= a house for the members of a club); a doghouse (= a house for a dog).
  5. Show Businessa theater, concert hall, or auditorium, or the audience in it:There was a full house for his performance.
  6. Government
    • [often: House] a law-making body or branch of government:the House of Representatives.
    • the building in which such a body meets.

  7. Business a commercial establishment;
    business firm:[often: House]a publishing house.

v. [+ object]

  1. to put or receive into a house:to house students in a dormitory.
  2. to provide with a place, as to work or study:This floor houses our executive staff.

  3. to contain;
    be a place for taking or holding:This casing houses the batteries.

adj. [before a noun]

  1. suitable for or customarily kept in a house:house paint; house cats.
  2. Foodserved by a restaurant as its customary brand:the house wine; the house salad dressing.


  1. Idiomsbring down the house, to win the enthusiasm of a live audience.
  2. Idiomskeep house, to maintain a home.
  3. Idiomson the house, as a gift from the management;
    free:drinks on the house.

house•ful /ˈhaʊsfəl/USA pronunciation  n.[countable]pl.  -fuls. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020

(n., adj. hous;v. houz),USA pronunciation 
n., pl.  hous•es 
(n., adj. hous;v. houz),USA pronunciation v.,  housed, hous•ing, adj. 


  1. a building in which people live;
    residence for human beings.
  2. a household.
  3. (often cap.) a family, including ancestors and descendants:the great houses of France; the House of Hapsburg.
  4. a building for any purpose:a house of worship.
  5. Show Businessa theater, concert hall, or auditorium:a vaudeville house.
  6. Show Businessthe audience of a theater or the like.
  7. a place of shelter for an animal, bird, etc.
  8. Governmentthe building in which a legislative or official deliberative body meets.
  9. Government(cap.) the body itself, esp. of a bicameral legislature:the House of Representatives.
  10. Governmenta quorum of such a body.
  11. Business(often cap.) a commercial establishment;
    business firm:the House of Rothschild; a publishing house.
  12. Gamesa gambling casino.
  13. Gamesthe management of a commercial establishment or of a gambling casino:rules of the house.
  14. an advisory or deliberative group, esp. in church or college affairs.
  15. British Termsa college in an English-type university.
  16. Educationa residential hall in a college or school;
  17. Educationthe members or residents of any such residential hall.
  18. Informal Termsa brothel;
  19. British Termsa variety of lotto or bingo played with paper and pencil, esp. by soldiers as a gambling game.
  20. Games, SportAlso called  parish. [Curling.]the area enclosed by a circle 12 or 14 ft. (3.7 or 4.2 m) in diameter at each end of the rink, having the tee in the center.
  21. Nautical, Naval Termsany enclosed shelter above the weather deck of a vessel:bridge house; deck house.
  22. Astrologyone of the 12 divisions of the celestial sphere, numbered counterclockwise from the point of the eastern horizon.
  23. Idioms, Show Businessbring down the house, to call forth vigorous applause from an audience;
    be highly successful:The children’s performances brought down the house.
  24. Idiomsclean house. See  clean (def. 46).
  25. dress the house, [Theat.]
    • Show Businessto fill a theater with many people admitted on free passes;
      paper the house.
    • Show Businessto arrange or space the seating of patrons in such a way as to make an audience appear larger or a theater or nightclub more crowded than it actually is.

  26. Idiomskeep house, to maintain a home;
    manage a household.
  27. Idiomslike a house on fire or  afire, very quickly;
    with energy or enthusiasm:The new product took off like a house on fire.
  28. Idiomson the house, as a gift from the management;
    free:Tonight the drinks are on the house.
  29. Idiomsput or  set one’s house in order: 
    • to settle one’s affairs.
    • to improve one’s behavior or correct one’s faults:It is easy to criticize others, but it would be better to put one’s own house in order first.


  1. to put or receive into a house, dwelling, or living quarters:More than 200 students were housed in the dormitory.
  2. to give shelter to;
    lodge:to house flood victims in schools.
  3. to provide with a place to work, study, or the like:This building houses our executive staff.
  4. to provide storage space for;
    be a receptacle for or repository of:The library houses 600,000 books.
  5. to remove from exposure;
    put in a safe place.
  6. Nautical, Naval Terms
    • to stow securely.
    • to lower (an upper mast) and make secure, as alongside the lower mast.
    • to heave (an anchor) home.

  7. Building[Carpentry.]
    • to fit the end or edge of (a board or the like) into a notch, hole, or groove.
    • to form (a joint) between two pieces of wood by fitting the end or edge of one into a dado of the other.


  1. to take shelter;


  1. of, pertaining to, or noting a house.
  2. for or suitable for a house:house paint.
  3. Businessof or being a product made by or for a specific retailer and often sold under the store’s own label:You’ll save money on the radio if you buy the house brand.
  4. Foodserved by a restaurant as its customary brand:the house wine.
  • bef. 900; (noun, nominal) Middle English h(o)us, Old English hūs; cognate with Dutch huis, Low German huus, Old Norse hūs, German Haus, Gothic -hūs (in gudhūs temple); (verb, verbal) Middle English housen, Old English hūsian, derivative of the noun, nominal

    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged domicile. House, dwelling, residence, home are terms applied to a place to live in. Dwelling is now chiefly poetic, or used in legal or technical contexts, as in a lease or in the phrase multiple dwelling. Residence is characteristic of formal usage and often implies size and elegance of structure and surroundings:the private residence of the king.These two terms and house have always had reference to the structure to be lived in. Home has recently taken on this meaning and become practically equivalent to house, the new meaning tending to crowd out the older connotations of family ties and domestic comfort. See also  hotel. 

(hous),USA pronunciation n. 
Edward Man•dell 
(hous),USA pronunciation (“Colonel House”), 1858–1938, U.S. diplomat.

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house n /haʊs/ ( pl houses /ˈhaʊzɪz/)

  1. a building used as a home; dwelling
  2. (as modifier): house dog
  3. the people present in a house, esp its usual occupants
  4. a building used for some specific purpose
  5. (in combination): a schoolhouse
  6. (often capital) a family line including ancestors and relatives, esp a noble one: the House of York
  7. a commercial company; firm: a publishing house
  8. (as modifier): house style, a house journal
  9. an official deliberative or legislative body, such as one chamber of a bicameral legislature
  10. a quorum in such a body (esp in the phrase make a house)
  11. a dwelling for a religious community
  12. any of the 12 divisions of the zodiac
  13. any of several divisions, esp residential, of a large school
  14. a hotel, restaurant, bar, inn, club, etc, or the management of such an establishment
  15. (modifier) (of wine) sold unnamed by a restaurant, at a lower price than wines specified on the wine list: the house red
  16. the audience in a theatre or cinema
  17. an informal word for brothel
  18. a hall in which an official deliberative or legislative body meets
  19. See full house
  20. any structure or shelter on the weather deck of a vessel
  21. bring the house downto win great applause
  22. like a house on fireinformal very well, quickly, or intensely
  23. on the house(usually of drinks) paid for by the management of the hotel, bar, etc
  24. put one’s house in orderto settle or organize one’s affairs
  25. safe as housesBrit very secure

vb /haʊz/

  1. (transitive) to provide with or serve as accommodation
  2. to give or receive shelter or lodging
  3. (transitive) to contain or cover, esp in order to protect
  4. (transitive) to fit (a piece of wood) into a mortise, joint, etc

Etymology: Old English hūs; related to Old High German hūs, Gothic gudhūs temple, Old Norse hūs house

ˈhouseless adj

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House /haʊs/ n the House

  1. See House of Commons
  2. Brit informal the Stock Exchange

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House music, House n

  1. a type of disco music originating in the late 1980s, based on funk, with fragments of other recordings edited in electronically

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