Room meaning

ro͝om, ro͝om
(obs.) A position or office.
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(now rare) Opportunity or scope (to do something). [from 9th c.]
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(archaic) A particular portion of space. [from 11th c.]
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(uncountable, figuratively) Sufficient space for or to do something. [from 15th c.]
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(nautical) A space between the timbers of a ship's frame. [from 15th c.]
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(countable) A separate part of a building, enclosed by walls, a floor and a ceiling. [from 15th c.] syn. transl.
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(countable) With possessive pronoun: one's bedroom.

Go to your room!

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(in the plural) A set of rooms inhabited by someone; one's lodgings. [from 17th c.]
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(always in the singular) The people in a room. [from 17th c.]

The room was on its feet.

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(mining) An area for working in a coal mine. [from 17th c.] syn.
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(caving) A portion of a cave that is wider than a passage. [from 17th c.] syn.
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(Internet, countable) A forum or chat room. [from 20th c.]

Some users may not be able to access the AOL room.

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Place or position in society; office; rank; post, sometimes when vacated by its former occupant.
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The definition of a room is a space made for beings to be in.

An example of a room is a kitchen.

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A space that is or may be occupied.

That easy chair takes up too much room.

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Living quarters; lodgings.
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Suitable opportunity or scope.

Room for doubt.

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To occupy a room; lodge.
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Space, esp. enough space, to contain something or in which to do something.

Room for one more, room to move around in.

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Suitable scope or opportunity.

Room for doubt.

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A space within a building enclosed by walls or separated from other similar spaces by walls or partitions.
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Living quarters; lodgings; apartment.
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The people gathered together in a room.
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To occupy living quarters; have lodgings; lodge.
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To provide with a room or lodgings.
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(dialectal or obsolete) Wide; spacious; roomy.
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(nautical) Off from the wind.
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(uncountable) Space for something, or to carry out an activity. [from 10th c.] syn. transl.
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To reside, especially as a boarder or tenant.

Doctor Watson roomed with Sherlock Holmes at Baker Street.

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Origin of room

  • Middle English roum from Old English rūm reuə- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Middle English roum, rom, rum, from Old English rÅ«m (“roomy, spacious, ample, extensive, large, open, unencumbered, unoccupied, temporal, long, extended, great, liberal, unrestricted, unfettered, clear, loose, free from conditions, free from occupation, not restrained within due limits, lax, far-reaching, abundant, noble, august"), from Proto-Germanic *rÅ«maz (“roomy, spacious"), from Proto-Indo-European *rowÉ™- (“free space"). Cognate with Scots roum (“spacious, roomy"), Dutch ruim (“roomy, spacious, wide"), Danish rum (“wide, spacious"), Icelandic rúmur (“spacious").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English roum, from Old English rÅ«m (“room, space"), from Proto-Germanic *rÅ«mÄ… (“room"), from Proto-Indo-European *rowÉ™- (“free space"). Cognate with Low German Ruum, Dutch ruim (“space"), German Raum (“space, interior space"), Danish rum (“space, locality"), Norwegian rom (“space"), Swedish rum (“space, location"), and also with Latin rÅ«s (“country, field, farm") through Indo-European. More at rural.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English rome, from Old English rÅ«me (“widely, spaciously, roomily, far and wide, so as to extend over a wide space, liberally, extensively, amply, abundantly, in a high degree, without restriction or encumbrance, without the pressure of care, light-heartedly, without obstruction, plainly, clearly, in detail"). Cognate with Dutch ruim (“amply", adv).

    From Wiktionary

  • Apparently an exception to the Great Vowel Shift, which otherwise would have produced the pronunciation /ɹaÊŠm/, but /aÊŠ/ does not occur before noncoronal consonants in Modern English.

    From Wiktionary