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I UK [haʊs] / US noun
Word forms "house":
singular house plural houses UK [ˈhaʊzɪz] / US [ˈhaʊzəz]
1)
a) [countable] a building for living in, usually where only one family lives

I'd love a house with a garden.

a three-bedroom house

move house (= go to live in a different house):

We're moving house at the end of the month.

b) [singular] the people who are in a house or who live there

The noise woke the entire house.

2) [countable] a company or organization involved in a particular activity

a publishing/software house

a reputable auction house

a) used in the names of some companies, especially those that design and sell clothes
b) [only before noun] produced or intended for people working within an organization

house journal/magazine

3) the house a restaurant, hotel, pub, or club

Seafood is the speciality of the house.

4) [countable] the part of a theatre, cinema, concert hall etc that contains the audience
a packed/empty house:

Cats has been playing to packed houses.

a) the audience in a theatre, cinema, concert hall etc
b) a performance in a theatre or cinema that is one of a series taking place on the same day

the first/second house

5) [uncountable] music a type of modern electronic music that developed in the 1980s, replacing disco as the most popular form of dance music. It combines deep bass sounds with parts that are sung or played on a synthesizer.
6) House
[singular] used in the names of buildings, especially large ones containing many offices or flats

Claridge House

7) [countable] an old important family, especially a royal one

the House of Windsor/Hanover/Hapsburg

8) [countable] one of the groups that students are divided into in some British schools, in order to compete against each other

house wine/red/white — the least expensive wine in a restaurant, which appears on the wine list without its usual name

keep house (for someone) — to be responsible for cooking meals and cleaning a house for someone

put/set/get your house in orderold-fashioned to improve the way that you behave or do things, especially before criticizing how other people behave or do things

the/this HouseBritish all the people discussing a subject and voting in a debate

See:
set up 12)

II UK [haʊz] / US verb [transitive, often passive]
Word forms "house":
present tense I/you/we/they house he/she/it houses present participle housing past tense housed past participle housed
1) to give someone a place to live

A large number of families are still waiting to be housed.

2) to be the place where something is kept, or where an activity is carried out

The club is housed in a magnificent 16th-century building.


English dictionary. 2014.

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