- a dwelling with its land and buildings, occupied by the owner as a home and exempted by a homestead law from seizure or sale for debt.
- any dwelling with its land and buildings where a family makes its home.
- a tract of land acquired under the Homestead Act.
- a house in an urban area acquired under a homesteading program.
- to acquire or settle on (land) as a homestead: Pioneers homesteaded the valley.
- to acquire or settle on a homestead: They homesteaded many years ago.
Origin of homestead
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Examples from the Web for homesteaded
The first was his squatter's rights, which he had homesteaded.Sergeant York And His People
Such was the case in Iowa and in Minnesota where I homesteaded many years ago.
Union is a large county with no Forest Reserve area and has been homesteaded rapidly.The Church on the Changing Frontier
Helen O. Belknap
We homesteaded a place at Grunfield (Zint) and my sister bought it.
Kelley began an investigation and discovered that eighty acres near the center of the ranch never had been homesteaded.
- a house or estate and the adjoining land, buildings, etc, esp a farm
- (in the US) a house and adjoining land designated by the owner as his fixed residence and exempt under the homestead laws from seizure and forced sale for debts
- (in western Canada) a piece of land, usually 160 acres, granted to a settler by the federal government
- Australian and NZ the owner's or manager's residence on a sheep or cattle station; in New Zealand the term includes all outbuildings
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Word Origin and History for homesteaded
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