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homesteading

[hohm-sted-ing]
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noun
  1. an act or instance of establishing a homestead.
  2. Also called homesteading program, urban homesteading. a federal program to improve deteriorating urban areas by offering abandoned or foreclosed houses to persons who agree to repair them and live in them for a specified number of years.
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Origin of homesteading

1890–95, for earlier sense “homestead”; homestead + -ing1

homestead

[hohm-sted, -stid]
noun
  1. 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.
  2. any dwelling with its land and buildings where a family makes its home.
  3. a tract of land acquired under the Homestead Act.
  4. a house in an urban area acquired under a homesteading program.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to acquire or settle on (land) as a homestead: Pioneers homesteaded the valley.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to acquire or settle on a homestead: They homesteaded many years ago.
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Origin of homestead

before 1000; Old English hāmstede (not found in ME). See home, stead
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  • Abandoned realestate was declared forfeit and opened to homesteading.

  • And now they are homesteading, trying to get hold of land as fast as they can.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh

    Edith Eudora Kohl

  • We want to see how it will really seem to be homesteading all alone.

  • Nothing strikes my fancy so much as homesteading—which I think you meant.

    The Homesteader

    Oscar Micheaux

  • By homesteading, or purchasing from railway or land companies.


British Dictionary definitions for homesteading

homesteading

noun (in Britain)
    1. a scheme whereby council tenants are enabled to buy derelict property from the council and renovate it with the aid of Government grants
    2. (as modifier)a homesteading scheme
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homestead

noun
  1. a house or estate and the adjoining land, buildings, etc, esp a farm
  2. (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
  3. (in western Canada) a piece of land, usually 160 acres, granted to a settler by the federal government
  4. 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 homesteading

homestead

n.

Old English hamstede "home, town, village," from home (n.) + stead (q.v.). In U.S. usage, "a lot of land adequate for the maintenance of a family" (1690s), defined by the Homestead Act of 1862 as 160 acres. Hence, the verb, first recorded 1872. Homesteader also is from 1872.

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