(third-person singular simple present hosts, present participle hosting, simple past and past participle hosted)
- 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.
- (computing, Internet) To run software made available to a remote user or process.
- Kremvax hosts a variety of services.
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 Old French hoste, from Middle Latin hostis (“foreign enemy”) (as opposed to inimicus (“personal enemy”)), cognate with etymology 1.
From Middle English also oist, ost, from Old French hoiste, from Latin hostia (“sacrificial victim”).