Host meaning

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(biology) The animal or plant on which or in which another organism lives.
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One that furnishes facilities and resources for a function or event.

The city chosen as host for the Olympic Games.

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Host is defined as the action of inviting others in or having guests.

An example of host is when you throw a party.

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The definition of host is someone or something that entertains others or invites others in, or the wafer used in Christian communion.

An example of host is someone who gives a party.

An example of host is a dog that has fleas.

An example of host is the cracker used during communion.

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One who receives or entertains guests in a social or official capacity.
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A great number; a multitude.
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The emcee or interviewer on a radio or television program.
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(medicine) The recipient of a transplanted tissue or organ.
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To serve as host to or at.
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To act as host or hostess (for)
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One who entertains guests either at home or elsewhere.
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An army.
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The consecrated bread or wafer of the Eucharist.
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(medicine) The recipient of a transplanted tissue or organ.
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The recipient of a transplanted tissue or organ.
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A person or organization responsible for running an event.

Our company is host of the annual conference this year.

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A moderator or master of ceremonies for a performance.

The host was terrible, but the acts themselves were good.

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(computing, Internet, Unix) Any computer attached to a network.
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A person who keeps an inn or hotel; innkeeper.
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To perform the role of a host.

Our company will host the annual conference this year.

I was terrible at hosting that show.

I’ll be hosting tonight. I hope I’m not terrible.

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A large number of items; a large inventory.

A host of parts for my Model A.

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(Catholicism) The consecrated bread or wafer of the Eucharist.
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A person who manages an inn or hotel.
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To provide software that offers data or services, hardware, or both over a computer network.
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An organization, municipality, etc. providing the site and services for a competition or event.

Berlin was host to the 1936 summer Olympics.

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A computer containing data or programs that another computer can access by means of a network or modem.
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(1) A source of information or signals. The term can refer to a computer, smartphone, tablet or any electronic device. In a network, clients (users' machines) and servers are hosts because they are both sources of information in contrast to network devices, such as routers and switches, which only direct traffic. See host adapter and hostname.
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The central computer in a mainframe or midrange computer environment to which the networks and terminals connect. See also computer, mainframe computer, midrange computer, network, and terminal.
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In telecommunications, local area networks (LANs), and networks, in general, a server that functions to provide programs or data files to client computers. See also client, LAN, telecommunications, network, and server.
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In the Internet, any computer that can serve as a source or destination for data transfers.An Internet host has a unique Internet Protocol (IP) address and unique domain name. See also domain, Internet, and IP.
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A computer that permits users to communicate with other computers on a network by providing a service. Individual users access these services through application programs such as electronic mail (email), FTP, and telnet. QUT Division of Technology, Information and Learning Support. Network Glossary. [Online, July 17, 2003.] QUT Division of Technology, Information and Learning Support Website. http://www.its.qut.edu.au/network/glossary.jsp.
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A person who receives or entertains a guest, particularly into the host’s home.

A good host is always considerate of the guest’s needs.

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(biology) A cell or organism which harbors another organism or biological entity, usually a parasite.

Viruses depend on the host that they infect in order to be able to reproduce.

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(evolutionism, genetics) An organism bearing certain genetic material.

The so-called junk DNA is known, so far, to provide no apparent benefit to its host.

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Consecrated bread such as that used in the Christian ceremony of the Eucharist.
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(computing, Internet) To run software made available to a remote user or process.

Kremvax hosts a variety of services.

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A multitude of people arrayed as an army; used also in religious senses, as: Heavenly host (of angels)
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Origin of host

  • Middle English from Old French from Late Latin hostis from Latin enemy ghos-ti- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English host, guest from Old French from Latin hospes hospit- ghos-ti- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Latin hostia sacrifice

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French oste (French: hôte), from Middle Latin hospitem, accusative of hospes (“a host, also a sourjourner, visitor, guest; hence, a foreigner, a stranger”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰóspot- (“master of guests”), from *gʰóstis (“stranger, guest, host, someone with whom one has reciprocal duties of hospitality”) and *pótis (“owner, master, host, husband”). Used in English since 13th century.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old French hoste, from Middle Latin hostis (“foreign enemy”) (as opposed to inimicus (“personal enemy”)), cognate with etymology 1.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English also oist, ost, from Old French hoiste, from Latin hostia (“sacrificial victim”).

    From Wiktionary