Definition of at home in US English:

at home


  • 1In one's own house.

    • ‘She lived at home and helped out around the house.’
    • ‘He said the parents of girls who lived in her boarding house had been contacted at home and given the bad news before they returned to school earlier this week.’
    • ‘Saturday is a day for catching up on things at home, in and around the house.’
    • ‘There are a lot of 19-year-olds that are living at home or in frat houses that are a mess.’
    • ‘She used to have an answering machine at home, but it made her dread walking into the house.’
    • ‘The Duke died on Monday night at home at Chatsworth House, in Derbyshire's Peak District National Park.’
    • ‘Mrs Green told police she and her husband were at home alone when the two men broke into the house on Saturday night.’
    • ‘Tanzanians love music and dancing, storytelling, and socializing at coffee houses and at home.’
    • ‘I only realised how many books we have at home when we moved house and had to pack them all away.’
    • ‘I didn't want to leave her at home since the house got broken into yesterday.’
    • ‘At one house it seemed obvious that someone was at home, but no answer came to his repeated knocks at the door.’
    • ‘The burglaries happened at around 2 am on Saturday with the residents of both houses at home.’
    in, in one's house, present, available, indoors, inside, here
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    1. 1.1 Ready to receive and welcome visitors.
      ‘she took to her room and was not at home to friends’
      • ‘‘Is Carlos in?’ he said. ‘If you mean Carlo, yes, but he's not at home to visitors today’.’
      • ‘I relied on him to say whether he was at home to visitors or not.’
      • ‘A stickler for etiquette, Webb was at home to academicians but saw associates only by appointment.’
      entertaining, receiving, playing host to, showing hospitality to
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    2. 1.2 In one's own neighborhood, town, or country.
      ‘he has been consistently successful both at home and abroad’
      • ‘Davidson takes a look at how the President has shaped up at home during these first crucial days in the White House.’
      • ‘Getting the Europeans on board paid dividends for the White House at home.’
      • ‘That implies up to 20 billion yuan would be available for equity investment at home and abroad.’
      • ‘They monitor what's going on over the fence with our South East Asian neighbours and here at home.’
      • ‘You cannot defend the Constitution abroad while undermining it at home.’
      • ‘Government clearance is mandatory in India for any international sports event - at home or abroad.’
      • ‘Special mention was made to Eddie Gray for his passion to see Sri Lanka excel in sports internationally at home and abroad.’
      • ‘Before initiating vast new carnage abroad, the government wants its propaganda siege to take hold at home.’
      • ‘The head of the Iraqi Boxing Federation, Saied Abdel Hussain, said he hopes the new team can raise awareness of the sport at home.’
      • ‘Even as we export this precious principle, however, there is evidence that it has lost ground here at home.’
      • ‘It is a pity, then, that the team management does not show the same faith in them when the team plays overseas as it does when playing at home.’
    3. 1.3 (with reference to sports fixtures) at a team's own ground.
      ‘Houston lost at home to Phoenix’
      • ‘A team sometimes will play at home one night, leave the next morning and cross two time zones to play the following night.’
      • ‘In the Championship play-offs Hampton meet Tooting and Mitcham at home and Crawley Town away.’
      • ‘Beckenham Town, meanwhile, also scored a very good win when they beat Deal Town 4 - at home on Saturday.’
      • ‘The team has designs on making the playoffs, and it performs like a playoff team at home but not on the road.’
      • ‘City's reserves, just like the first team, cannot win at home.’
      • ‘Fermanagh, who will be at home to Cavan, welcome back Paul Brewster.’
      • ‘Harrogate Town could make it ten UniBond League premier division wins on the trot when they take on Eastwood Town at home.’
      • ‘The team lost two games at home last week, both with fourth-quarter fades.’
      • ‘The road team that seemingly has the best chance this weekend is the Colts, the only team to win at home last weekend.’
      • ‘Pickering Town will look to wrap up their immediate top-flight future with a win at home against Arnold Town.’
    4. 1.4 Comfortable and at ease in a place or situation.
      ‘sit down and make yourself at home’
      • ‘We are working very hard to help the asylum seekers feel at home in Kildare town and to help them feel part of the community.’
      • ‘I really made him feel at home in my house and I never expected this from him.’
      • ‘He is positive a more prominent police presence would ensure everyone would feel at home in the neighbourhood.’
      • ‘Almost two years of campaigning in primaries and for the White House have left him at home in public meetings.’
      • ‘She felt at home in the Reece house the instant she walked through the door.’
      • ‘I'm going to be late for work, again so just make yourselves at home until I get in.’
      • ‘Even as he simply held her hand as they walked into his house, she felt at home with him.’
      • ‘In the intimate surroundings of Barry's public house she will be right at home.’
      • ‘The First Lady's personal tone made people feel warmly toward her as well as at home in the White House.’
      • ‘Frank Hill was the manager and I immediately felt at home in the town.’
      at ease, comfortable, relaxed, content, confident, at peace, in one's element
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    5. 1.5 Confident or relaxed about doing or using something.
      ‘he was quite at home talking about Eisenstein or Brecht’
      • ‘She had only ridden a few times in her life, and wasn't quite at home in the saddle as the others were.’
      • ‘Always an Irish favourite, Justin is equally at home playing pumping house as funky techno and always rocks the party.’
      • ‘He's not quite at home with the mists and myths of old Ireland; and so you listen to the words as poetry rather than follow them as drama.’
      • ‘The credits reveal it was written by David himself, surely not a man at home with biting satire.’
      • ‘Youngsters at a nursery near Swindon will feel right at home singing Old MacDonald's Farm as they will be housed in a former barn.’
      • ‘The dashboard is extremely well equipped and the layout of the controls has a flawless logic that allows new drivers to feel quite at home.’
      • ‘Of course, I did as I was instructed and tried to make myself at home with this new rhythmic concept.’
      • ‘Although Cotman was never as fully at home with etching as with watercolour, his work of 1838 ensures him a place of importance in the history of British etching.’
      • ‘Any reporter who has ever covered a Hollywood event would be right at home covering the campaign of Arnold Schwarzenegger.’
      • ‘Once he stopped rearing back in his seat and showing the whites of his eyes, he looked quite at home in his new television role.’
      confident with, conversant with, proficient in, competent at, used to, familiar with, au fait with, au courant with, skilled in, experienced in, well versed in
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at home

/ˌæt ˈhoʊm//ˌat ˈhōm/