room

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noun

verb (used without object)

to occupy a room or rooms; lodge.

Origin of room

before 900; Middle English roum(e), Old English rūm; cognate with Dutch ruim, German Raum
Related formsun·der·room, noun

Synonyms for room

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Examples from the Web for room

Contemporary Examples of room

Historical Examples of room

  • Uncle Peter stood in a flood of light at the door of his room.

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    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He began to pace the floor again from one room to the other.

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    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Mauburn had gone to his room to be alone with this bitter news.

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    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Jumping over the window sill, the visitor found himself in this room.

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    Horatio Alger

  • "It is eighteen years since I was last in this room," he said.

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    Horatio Alger


British Dictionary definitions for room

room

noun

space or extent, esp unoccupied or unobstructed space for a particular purposeis there room to pass?
an area within a building enclosed by a floor, a ceiling, and walls or partitionssitting room; dining room
(functioning as singular or plural) the people present in a roomthe whole room was laughing
(foll by for) opportunity or scoperoom for manoeuvre
(plural) a part of a house, hotel, etc, that is rented out as separate accommodation; lodgingsshe got rooms in town
a euphemistic word for lavatory (def. 1)

verb

(intr) mainly US to occupy or share a room or lodgingwhere does he room?
Derived Formsroomer, noun

Word Origin for room

Old English rūm; related to Gothic, Old High German rūm
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Word Origin and History for room
n.

Old English rum "space" (extent or time); "scope, opportunity," from Proto-Germanic *ruman (cf. Old Norse, Old Saxon, Old High German, Gothic rum, German Raum "space," Dutch ruim "hold of a ship, nave"), nouns formed from Germanic adjective *ruma- "roomy, spacious," from PIE root *reue- "to open; space" (cf. Avestan ravah- "space," Latin rus "open country," Old Irish roi, roe "plain field," Old Church Slavonic ravinu "level," Russian raviina "a plain," Polish rum "space"). Old English also had a frequent adjective rum "roomy, wide, long, spacious."

Original sense preserved in make room "clear space for oneself" (late 14c.); meaning "chamber, cabin" first recorded early 14c. as a nautical term, and first applied mid-15c. to chambers within houses. The Old English word for this was cofa, ancestor of cove. Room-service is attested from 1913; room-temperature from 1879. Roomth "sufficient space" (1530s) now is obsolete.

v.

"to occupy rooms" (especially with another) as a lodger," 1828, from room (n.). Related: Roomed; rooming. Rooming-house is from 1889. In Old English (rumian) and Middle English the verb meant "become clear of obstacles; make clear of, evict."

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Idioms and Phrases with room

room

In addition to the idiom beginning with room

  • room and board

also see:

  • not enough room to swing a cat
  • take up space (room)
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