- into the position desired; perfectly or to the greatest possible extent: We radioed instructions to the crew, and the huge sails were sheeted home.
- in the proper, stowed position: The anchor is home.
- toward its vessel: to bring the anchor home.
- to provide (a computer) with a network connection: Each subscriber must be homed to a node in the network.
- to prepare (a 3D printer) for use by setting the horizontal and vertical limits for positioning the extruder before a printing task: Do not try to do anything with your printer until you home it.
- (of guided missiles, aircraft, etc.) to proceed, especially under control of an automatic aiming mechanism, toward a specified target, as a plane, missile, or location: The bomb homed in on the bridge.
- to direct one’s attention or energies toward: The committee quickly homed in on the relevant details.
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Idioms about home
- in one's own house or place of residence.
- in one's own town or country.
- prepared or willing to receive social visits: Tell him I'm not at home.We are always at home to her.
- in a situation familiar to one; at ease: She has a way of making everyone feel at home.
- well-informed; proficient: to be at home in the classics.
- played in one's hometown or on one's own grounds: The Yankees played two games at home and one away.
- assured of finishing, accomplishing, succeeding, etc.: If we can finish more than half the work today, we'll be home free.
- certain to be successfully finished, accomplished, secured, etc.: With most of the voters supporting it, the new law is home free.
Origin of home
synonym study for home
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OTHER WORDS FROM homemin·i·home, noun
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Other definitions for home (2 of 2)
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What is a basic definition of home?
Home is a noun that refers to the place where a person or animal lives. Home can also mean a location where something is native or very common. Home is also used as an adverb to describe something that occurs to, toward, or at a home. Home has many other senses as a noun, adjective, and adverb.
The place where you live is your home. Animals also have homes. A nest is a bee’s home, for example.
Home is a synonym of the word house. However, home is often used to imply that a person is emotionally attached to the place they live and feels a sense of comfort there. While house can also refer to an empty building, home usually describes a building that is occupied.
- Real-life examples: Houses, apartments, and condominiums are buildings that are used for homes. Animals make their homes in water, trees, caves, grass, underground, and elsewhere.
- Used in a sentence: I invited my friends to a party at my home.
Home can also refer to a place where something is common or originates from.
- Real-life examples: The United States is the home of baseball. Israel is home to many religious sites. Social media is the home of most of our favorite Internet memes.
- Used in a sentence: Japan is the home of my heart.
As an adverb, home describes something that is happening at a home or happening to a home.
- Real-life examples: When school is over, children go home. When people are sick, they might decide to stay home and not go to work. Military spouses often wait for their partners to return home.
- Used in a sentence: She waited for her brother to come home before ordering pizza.
Where does home come from?
The first records of home come from before the 900s. It comes from the Old English word hām, both as a noun and adverb. The Old English word is related to words for home in other languages, such as the Dutch heim, the Old Norse heimr, and the German Heim.
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What are some other forms related to home?
- homelike (adjective)
- minihome (noun)
What are some synonyms for home?
What are some words that share a root or word element with home?
What are some words that often get used in discussing home?
How is home used in real life?
Home is a common word that is most often used to refer to places where people live.
Sometimes I don't feel old but then I remember I used to access the internet via physical discs that were mailed to my home.
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Power walked home and made it with 8 minutes to spare 😅
— Sheepy (@ZsSheepy) November 29, 2020
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Which of the following is NOT a synonym for home?
How to use home in a sentence
She was greeted by dozens of onlookers on the street outside the home.Election live updates: Trump returns to Wisconsin; Biden to face live audience at town hall|Colby Itkowitz, Felicia Sonmez, John Wagner|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
Moreno on Wednesday night told the Washington Blade that he is at his home and safe.Cuban authorities threaten to arrest LGBTQ activist, journalist|Michael K. Lavers|September 17, 2020|Washington Blade
We’re able to build the script in our own home by ourselves.
Streaming watch parties have outlasted states’ shelter-at-home orders.How the future of TV and streaming has – and hasn’t – been reshaped so far by 2020|Tim Peterson|September 16, 2020|Digiday
Harris did best in vote-rich New Castle County, winning 37 percent of the vote there, and ran strongest near Newark, home to the University of Delaware.
That officer fretting about his “stance,” we learn, is plagued by PTSD that cripples him both on the job and at home.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops|Melissa Leon|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
So, Islamized teaching sends girls back home for marriage and housework, and remains exclusively for boys.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Meanwhile, almost exactly 30 years after the trial, the judge left his home to board a steamboat and was never heard from again.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The FBI raided his home in 2000 with an affidavit questioning his use of $200,000 from his white supremacist fundraising.
Scalise spoke briefly, adding little of substance, saying that the people back home know him best.
It was with a feeling of relief on both sides that the arrival of Mr. Haggard, of the Home Office, was announced.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
In the entrance hall of the Savoy, where large and lonely porters were dozing, he learnt that she was at home.Bella Donna|Robert Hichens
I've never had time to write home about it, for I felt that it required a dissertation in itself to do it justice.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
Now and then the boy who had bought Squinty, and who was taking him home, would look around at his pet in the slatted box.Squinty the Comical Pig|Richard Barnum
"I suppose the man Alessandro has something he calls a home," said the Senora, regaining herself a little.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
British Dictionary definitions for home (1 of 2)
- a building or organization set up to care for orphans, the aged, etc
- an informal name for a mental home
- the objective towards which a player strives in certain sports
- an area where a player is safe from attack
- one of two positions of play nearest the opponents' goal
- a player assigned to such a positioninside home
- in one's own home or country
- at ease, as if at one's own home
- giving an informal party at one's own home
- British such a party
- to make clear to
- to place the blame on
Derived forms of homehomelike, adjective
Word Origin for home
British Dictionary definitions for home (2 of 2)
Other Idioms and Phrases with home
In addition to the idioms beginning with home
- home free
- home in on
- home run
- home truth
- at home
- bring home
- bring home the bacon
- chickens come home to roost
- close to home
Drive Homeeat someone out of house and homemake oneself at homenobody homenothing to write home abouttill the cows come home.