A home is a dwelling used as a permanent or semi-permanent residence for an individual, family or household. Often a house, apartment, or other building, or alternatively a mobile home, houseboat, yurt or similar. Larger groups may live in a nursing home, children's home, convent or other institution. A homestead also includes agricultural land and facilities for domesticated animals. Where more secure dwellings are not available, people may live in the informal and sometimes illegal shacks found in slums and shanty towns. More generally home may be considered to be a geographic area, such as a town, village, suburb, city, country.

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  1. A dwelling.
    1. One’s own dwelling place; the house or structure in which one lives; especially the house in which one lives with his family; the habitual abode of one’s family; also, one’s birthplace.
      1. The place where a person was raised; Childhood or parental home; home of one’s parents or guardian.
  1. The abiding place of the affections, especially of the domestic affections.
  2. A place of refuge, rest or care; an asylum.
  1. The grave; the final rest; also, the native and eternal dwelling place of the soul.
    1. One’s native land; the place or country in which one dwells; the place where one’s ancestors dwell or dwelt.
  1. The locality where a thing is usually found, or was first found, or where it is naturally abundant; habitat; seat.
  2. A focus point.
    1. The ultimate point aimed at in a progress; the goal.
    2. Home plate.
    3. The place of a player in front of an opponent’s goal; also, the player.
    4. The landing page of a website; the site's homepage.
  3. Shortened form of homeboy.


  1. (usually with "in on") To seek or aim for something.
    • The missile was able to home in on the target.
    • Much like a heat-seeking missile, a new kind of particle homes in on the blood vessels that nourish aggressive cancers, before unleashing a cell-destroying drug. — Ewen Callaway, New Scientist, July 2008


  1. Of or pertaining to one’s dwelling or country; domestic; not foreign; as home manufactures; home comforts.
  2. Close; personal; pointed; as, a home thrust.


  1. To one’s home or country.
    go home, come home, carry home.
  2. Close; closely.
  3. To the place where it belongs; to the end of a course; to the full length.
    to drive a nail home; to ram a cartridge home
  4. In one's place of residence or one's customary or official location; at home.
    Everyone's gone to watch the game; there's nobody home.
  5. Into the goal.
  6. To the home page.
    Click here to go home.

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