Definition of residency in English:



  • 1The fact of living in a place.

    ‘a government ruling confirmed the returning refugees' right to residency’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Undocumented immigrants already working in the United States would have to wait another three years on a restricted visa before applying for permanent residency.’
    • ‘‘It is a beautiful country and I would love to stay but I can't get residency at present,’ said Matthew.’
    • ‘His proposal could lead to permanent residency for illegals, some living in the US for more than 20 years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Other draft laws give the authorities increased powers to deal with issues relating to housing, residency and labour rights.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All of these college towns - and many others - have local statutes that limit students from establishing residency and registering to vote.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A new ‘citizen's pension ’, based on residency rather than national insurance contributions, would end pensioner poverty for women, he said.’
    • ‘The notion of local residency was forged long before globalisation changed the living conditions of the world.’
    • ‘They come to New Zealand thinking they can obtain permanent residency, and they cannot.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If they get pregnant and have the baby here, they will be entitled to get residency.’
    • ‘‘Four years of residency proves nothing,’ he said.’
    • ‘To be honest it felt embarrassing that I'd never given thought to the fact of his 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of course I still had to take up residency in Florida while the process was going on.’
    occupancy, occupation, residence, residency, living in, housing, billeting, quartering, tenure
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    1. 1.1A residential post held by a writer, musician, or artist, typically for teaching purposes.
      • ‘Six of the writers who have completed residencies in schools were present at the day of Masterclasses.’
      • ‘It invited proposals from schools for artist residencies and gave funding.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The school also sponsors artists' residencies.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘BBC Radio 3 is to create an exciting new series of writers' residencies.’
      • ‘Applications in writing, with examples of work, are invited from artists interested in the 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Artists pursue their ongoing work in an intense, three-week summer residency in New York City.’
      • ‘Three Taring Padi artists had a residency in the recent Adelaide Festival.’
      • ‘The eight writers will take up their residencies in January.’
      • ‘During the three-month residencies, some of the artists will take classes and participate in seminars.’
      • ‘Housed in former army barracks, the Headlands offers artists' residencies in an idyllic oceanside landscape of rolling hills.’
      • ‘Eight residencies are awarded annually to promising young artists to facilitate their transition from formal school training to professional life.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 prize includes $100,000 and an artist residency and exhibition at the museum.’
      • ‘The final piece, Le Sacre du printemps features five dancers and was created this summer at the MAI during an artist residency.’
      • ‘Look out for works from a residency program for emerging artists.’
      residence, residency, habitation, inhabitation, occupancy, tenancy, tenure, lease, living in
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  • 2historical The official residence of the British governor general's representative or other government agent, especially at the court of an Indian state.

    • ‘Today, the Residency, a well-preserved and poignant memory of the Raj, is worth visiting.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1A group or organization of intelligence agents in a foreign country.
      • ‘The Moscow Center proceeded to add several new items to the London KGB residency's monitoring task.’
      • ‘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’.’
  • 3North American A period of specialized medical training in a hospital; the position of a resident.

    • ‘Many physicians need years of medical school and residency to even get a slight grasp of the problem.’
    • ‘Many do residencies at affiliated hospitals and clinics with Hispanic clienteles of 60 percent and higher.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After two years service in the South African army, he completed a residency in cardiothoracic surgery at Johannesburg Hospital.’
    • ‘The senior physicians had finished their residency and had at least 2 years of ICU experience as senior physicians.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are many pathology residencies in which individuals can enjoy becoming well trained.’
    • ‘At that time, there were 94 residencies at 32 different hospitals.’
    • ‘Insufficient training on disability during medical school and residency complicates this process.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘The purpose of a residency is to attain professional competence in direct patient care and in practice management beyond entry level.’
    • ‘His programme in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona offers two year fellowships to doctors who have completed residencies in primary care specialties.’
    • ‘He served a residency in pediatrics at St. Louis Children's Hospital.’
    • ‘He completed medical studies and a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery.’
    • ‘After completing general or specialty residencies, most individuals enter some type of pharmacy practice or join industry or academia.’
    • ‘One of the ways to qualify foreign-trained health workers is to provide residencies and training positions in our hospitals.’
    • ‘His medical residencies were in internal medicine and clinical psychiatry at the University of Florida.’