Definition of residency in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The fact of living in a place.

    ‘a government ruling confirmed the returning refugees' right to residency’
    • ‘They come to New Zealand thinking they can obtain permanent residency, and they cannot.’
    • ‘The notion of local residency was forged long before globalisation changed the living conditions of the world.’
    • ‘A new ‘citizen's pension ’, based on residency rather than national insurance contributions, would end pensioner poverty for women, he said.’
    • ‘The only qualification needed is proof of local residency, which can be presented at any of the listed Tourist Information Centres in exchange for a pass and list of discounts.’
    • ‘While the previous plan would have required only a year of residency in the territory for voters to be eligible, the latest plan would require a quarter of a century of residency.’
    • ‘The democratic rights to freely choose one's occupation and place of residency, as well as to immigration and asylum, are being ruthlessly sacrificed to the interests of big business.’
    • ‘His proposal could lead to permanent residency for illegals, some living in the US for more than 20 years.’
    • ‘When dutifully checking in the next day, he explained that his application for permanent residency is pending, allowing him legal stay until it is resolved.’
    • ‘Personal import approval typically takes three to five weeks and will require among other things that you have owned the car here for a minimum of 12 months and that you have permanent Australian residency.’
    • ‘Of course I still had to take up residency in Florida while the process was going on.’
    • ‘The new policy affects 11,000 applications for residency, but the total number of people involved is greater, as some applications involve two parents and siblings.’
    • ‘Undocumented immigrants already working in the United States would have to wait another three years on a restricted visa before applying for permanent residency.’
    • ‘All of these college towns - and many others - have local statutes that limit students from establishing residency and registering to vote.’
    • ‘‘Four years of residency proves nothing,’ he said.’
    • ‘As with so many rural villages, a number of young people are now working in the cities, although their roots as well as residency is still bound to the village.’
    • ‘Qualification for the Commonwealth Games requires birth in Scotland, or a Scottish parent if born elsewhere in the United Kingdom, or residency for three of the previous five years.’
    • ‘‘It is a beautiful country and I would love to stay but I can't get residency at present,’ said Matthew.’
    • ‘If they get pregnant and have the baby here, they will be entitled to get residency.’
    • ‘Other draft laws give the authorities increased powers to deal with issues relating to housing, residency and labour rights.’
    • ‘To be honest it felt embarrassing that I'd never given thought to the fact of his residency.’
    occupancy, occupation, residence, residency, living in, housing, billeting, quartering, tenure
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    1. 1.1[count noun]A residential post held by a writer, musician, or artist, typically for teaching purposes.
      ‘the photographs were taken in East London during an artist-in-school residency’
      • ‘Six of the writers who have completed residencies in schools were present at the day of Masterclasses.’
      • ‘It offers three-week residencies, most often headed by three master artists, each accomplished in the creation of one of the visual arts, or poetry, writing, music composition, theater, or dance choreography.’
      • ‘BBC Radio 3 is to create an exciting new series of writers' residencies.’
      • ‘During the three-month residencies, some of the artists will take classes and participate in seminars.’
      • ‘The final piece, Le Sacre du printemps features five dancers and was created this summer at the MAI during an artist residency.’
      • ‘Naturally, much of this book stems from the writers' residencies in Menton and the spirit of Katherine Mansfield is often invoked, explicitly or implicitly.’
      • ‘The prize includes $100,000 and an artist residency and exhibition at the museum.’
      • ‘The school also sponsors artists' residencies.’
      • ‘Eight residencies are awarded annually to promising young artists to facilitate their transition from formal school training to professional life.’
      • ‘It invited proposals from schools for artist residencies and gave funding.’
      • ‘The eight writers will take up their residencies in January.’
      • ‘Look out for works from a residency program for emerging artists.’
      • ‘Three Taring Padi artists had a residency in the recent Adelaide Festival.’
      • ‘Artists pursue their ongoing work in an intense, three-week summer residency in New York City.’
      • ‘Housed in former army barracks, the Headlands offers artists' residencies in an idyllic oceanside landscape of rolling hills.’
      • ‘Applications in writing, with examples of work, are invited from artists interested in the residency.’
      • ‘Weekly workshops and master classes in theater, visual arts, music and dance are offered as well as residencies for artists from the Los Angeles community.’
      • ‘It has provided residencies for artists from all disciplines including visual artists, writers, composers, performance artists and film-makers, providing them with the time and the space to concentrate on their work.’
      • ‘The project consisted of a series of artist's residencies at the South African National Gallery, in which artists were given stipends to make new work.’
      • ‘Participating artists can structure these residencies according to individual needs, with the one requirement that they share their findings, in whatever way they choose, with the public.’
      residence, residency, habitation, inhabitation, occupancy, tenancy, tenure, lease, living in
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  • 2historical The official residence of the Governor General's representative or other government agent, especially at the court of an Indian state.

    • ‘The old British Residency (effectively the British Embassy) was a vast Palladian villa, in plan not unlike its contemporary, the White House in Washington, and it lay in a garden just over the River Musi from the old city.’
    • ‘The Residency or Khengar Bhavan was built in 1882 AD as the residency of the British Resident in the ruler's minority.’
    • ‘Today, the Residency, a well-preserved and poignant memory of the Raj, is worth visiting.’
  • 3An organization of intelligence agents in a foreign country.

    ‘he made contact with the KGB residency in Aden’
    • ‘The majority of the translations in this release represent telegrams from the New York KGB Residency to Moscow Center in 1944.’
    • ‘The KGB ‘residency’ in Delhi was one of the largest in the world outside the Soviet bloc, and was awarded the rare honour by the Centre of being promoted to ‘main residency’.’
    • ‘The Moscow Center proceeded to add several new items to the London KGB residency's monitoring task.’
  • 4British A musician's regular engagement at a club or other venue.

    ‘he saw me at a folk club where I was doing the residency one Sunday night’
    • ‘You need to find a new way of building a buzz, and the way to do that now is to be out performing live at a residency in a club.’
    • ‘He stayed with her for 10 years, and for six of them he held down a dance club residency at the Den in Norwalk.’
    • ‘Newcastle, where the RSC has a regular residency, is one likely regional venue.’
    • ‘I'll ask if I can just come for a regular residency.’
    • ‘I've started a monthly residency doing the livest R & B night in London's West End.’
    • ‘The initiative will consist of four performance residencies and a local festival in which new productions will premiere.’
    • ‘The Beatles are two days into a residency of two, sometimes three, shows a day at the Olympia Theatre that will last until 4 February.’
    • ‘The second jam session is on Wednesday and Bejazzled continue their long-standing residency at the Old White Swan on Thursday.’
    • ‘Were the place real, The Pariahs would have a weekly residency.’
    • ‘He cringes at his own stupidity for mentioning the residency gig the last time Gwynn had been in town.’
    • ‘Word has it he has a residency at a North London club and I can't wait to find it and see him play as often as I can when I move there.’
    • ‘We spent a year or so doing one off gigs and residencies in a little fringe theater in Little Venice and we worked very, very hard.’
    • ‘Joseph will be performing residency clubs dates in Canada sometime in May.’
    • ‘The Rheostatics have been doing annual residencies for years.’
    • ‘The Bays are independent musicians who can be found on Friday nights at their weekly residency at Camden's Jazz Caf.’
  • 5North American A period of specialized medical training in a hospital; the position of a resident.

    • ‘A shortage of positions for residency graduates in a field is immediately followed by a decline in U.S. medical students entering residencies in that field.’
    • ‘At that time, there were 94 residencies at 32 different hospitals.’
    • ‘After completing general or specialty residencies, most individuals enter some type of pharmacy practice or join industry or academia.’
    • ‘We have been away from each other a lot in the last few months, as she's been in Europe and is now doing her medical residency in a state not too far away.’
    • ‘He served a residency in pediatrics at St. Louis Children's Hospital.’
    • ‘He completed medical studies and a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery.’
    • ‘His medical residencies were in internal medicine and clinical psychiatry at the University of Florida.’
    • ‘The purpose of a residency is to attain professional competence in direct patient care and in practice management beyond entry level.’
    • ‘Many physicians need years of medical school and residency to even get a slight grasp of the problem.’
    • ‘One of the ways to qualify foreign-trained health workers is to provide residencies and training positions in our hospitals.’
    • ‘Insufficient training on disability during medical school and residency complicates this process.’
    • ‘His programme in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona offers two year fellowships to doctors who have completed residencies in primary care specialties.’
    • ‘After two years service in the South African army, he completed a residency in cardiothoracic surgery at Johannesburg Hospital.’
    • ‘None of the training I received in medical school, residency, fellowship, or practice had taught me how to reply to Anna.’
    • ‘He completed a residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami.’
    • ‘There are many pathology residencies in which individuals can enjoy becoming well trained.’
    • ‘I was also confident that I would be able to find or create a part-time residency in my chosen specialty of family practice, but I found I was wrong.’
    • ‘The senior physicians had finished their residency and had at least 2 years of ICU experience as senior physicians.’
    • ‘How did he perform in medical school and residency and later in his practice as judged by the physician and nursing staff with whom he worked?’
    • ‘Many do residencies at affiliated hospitals and clinics with Hispanic clienteles of 60 percent and higher.’