Definition of room in US English:

room

noun

  • 1Space that can be occupied or where something can be done, especially viewed in terms of whether there is enough.

    ‘there's only room for a single bed in there’
    with infinitive ‘she was trapped without room to move’
    • ‘His room could easily fit three of my bedroom inside of it, with room to move around.’
    • ‘It looks like a conventional backpack, with plenty of room for all your travel gear.’
    • ‘Laid in gravel and patio, it includes a number of shrubs and plants and offers plenty of room for outdoor dining.’
    • ‘As they grow bigger, move them into a larger container so they have enough room to feed and move.’
    • ‘One thousand people from a fishing village were forced to move to give room to a refinery plant which was never built.’
    • ‘The gown had no layers and it hugged her form while allowing her legs ample room to move.’
    • ‘Small enough to be cosy, large enough to give her room to move if she wished it.’
    • ‘There is room in the safer areas for these children; householders have volunteered to provide it.’
    • ‘The man sat down between two people, so she didn't have room to move to see his face.’
    • ‘The field was so crowded there was hardly room to move without running into a slashing sword.’
    • ‘This should mean that some of the smaller operators will still have room to move.’
    • ‘On the inside, there is plenty of room for rear passengers and the cabin is bright, roomy and attractive.’
    • ‘It was a little dinner but the table they were seated at gave them both enough room to move around with ease.’
    • ‘In three more weeks they will be more than twice the size, giving them no room at all to move.’
    • ‘In the evenings there is room to move about unlike many bars and the music is quite ambient.’
    • ‘The horses and people took up a lot of room and made the enormous space look almost small.’
    space, free space
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    1. 1.1 Opportunity or scope for something to happen or be done, especially without causing trouble or damage.
      ‘there is plenty of room for disagreement in this controversial area’
      ‘there is room for improvement’
      • ‘As this last example suggests, there is room for disagreement over the use of Ockham's Razor.’
      • ‘There is plenty of room for growth in Italy, a very fragmented market.’
      • ‘His interventions were haphazard, ill prepared, and there was plenty of room for others to take initiatives.’
      • ‘There is little room for ambiguity and certainly no cathartic moments.’
      • ‘Where so much ground is covered, there will be room for disagreement on points of detail, or emphasis.’
      • ‘But don't rest on your laurels; there will probably still be room for improvement.’
      • ‘But they have little room for manoeuvre, because they cannot determine the prices.’
      • ‘But it proves that there's room for more than one feel-good, cheeky northern comedy.’
      • ‘My fear had left awhile back, leaving plenty of room for the anger that was rising.’
      • ‘The end leaves no room for doubt, for the book actually splits into two voices, a man's and a young woman's.’
      • ‘As with all young things there's room for plenty of potential but for now we will have to wait.’
      • ‘So, to come to the point, there will also be room for some hesitancy about determinism and freedom.’
      • ‘There is plenty of room for anarchy in such a world, and plenty of room for utopianism, but no real place for the state.’
      • ‘An increasingly tight schedule meant that there was no room for quibbles about the job description.’
      • ‘This indicates that there was room for experts to disagree on this question.’
      • ‘She said of the three offices, one was doing extremely well while the other two had room for improvement.’
      • ‘There's plenty of room for anyone to think what they like about it, as the archaeological literature shows.’
      • ‘I don't think a sequel is necessary at all, but there is room for it.’
      • ‘That implies there will be plenty of room for replacement purchases in the future.’
      • ‘Studying The Composition of Foods, I can see why this kind of analysis leaves plenty of room for error.’
      scope, capacity, margin, leeway, latitude, freedom
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  • 2A part or division of a building enclosed by walls, floor, and ceiling.

    ‘he wandered from room to room’
    • ‘And that meant one of the second-floor suites, since none of the rooms on the first floor was set up as personal living quarters.’
    • ‘The walls and ceiling of the room were perfectly black, with age and dirt.’
    • ‘One of the delightful surprises is the ceiling of the toddler room on the second floor.’
    • ‘In the warehouse, a half-dozen or so rooms are stacked floor to ceiling with some of the world's finest wines.’
    • ‘Smaller houses are simply a rectangular block of four walls forming a single room.’
    • ‘There is also a small utility room and separate storage room in this area.’
    • ‘In the Chemistry Building there were a number of non-laboratory rooms on the first floor.’
    • ‘There was a wall, separating two rooms, a living room to the left, and a kitchen to the right.’
    • ‘On the first floor the master bedroom and en suite bathroom are both spacious rooms with high ceilings.’
    • ‘Finally, the attic conversion has added two further rooms with walls and ceilings panelled in white deal.’
    • ‘Each room of the mansion presents a unique and different puzzle to be solved.’
    • ‘So he fought them, until they dragged him away to a room covered in padded walls and floors.’
    • ‘To the right of the hall is the living/dining room, a large room which is the full depth of the house.’
    • ‘The window curtain on this side of the room was dark; Ford assumed the suite had two rooms with a wall between them.’
    • ‘The cabin had 3 rooms on the first floor, the kitchen, den, and a locked room.’
    • ‘The premises consisted of a single dusty room, with a desk, two filing cabinets and one chair.’
    • ‘The room was an upstairs room with a floor of beaten earth, laid on beams of wood interlaid with matting.’
    • ‘Drinkers were served in the taproom, a large single room furnished with trestle tables and benches.’
    • ‘He walked around the school corridors, passing by different rooms and by walls of lockers trying to find the room where the piano was.’
    1. 2.1in singular The people present in a room.
      ‘the whole room burst into an uproar of approval’
      • ‘We suggest with this game that rather than reporters popping up, there should be a whole room of reporters.’
      • ‘Isis thought of how she would like to be able to quiet a whole room by just her presence.’
      • ‘The room once again fell silent, as she waited for her answer.’
      • ‘When she opened the classroom door the room became silent and everyone looked at her.’
      • ‘The whole room sat in silence for a few seconds before Matt said goodnight and began packing up.’
      • ‘The room erupted in a roar of approval and whistles.’
      • ‘Others join in and the whole room burst into a riot of clapping, yells, and screaming.’
    2. 2.2roomsBritish A set of rooms, typically rented, in which a person, couple, or family live.
      ‘my rooms at Mrs. Jenks's house’
      • ‘He lives in rooms set apart from the rest of the house, to allow him some independence from his parents.’
      • ‘Always the Londoner, Arnold spent most of the week living in his rooms at the top of the Middle Temple.’
      • ‘They get the sign-painter's boy to help, because his family rents rooms in the schoolmaster's house.’
      • ‘Gwen and her family lived in the upper rooms of a small house and I knew from experience that the smell of too many people in too small a place hit a person the second they opened the front door.’
      lodgings, quarters
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verb

[no object]North American
  • 1Share a room or house or apartment, especially a rented one at a college or similar institution.

    ‘I was rooming with my cousin’
    • ‘It was a phrase your father used on me back when we roomed together here at The Institute.’
    • ‘Posted on that wall over there is the list of who will be rooming together.’
    • ‘I was simply tickled when I found out that we would be rooming together.’
    • ‘We roomed together for a while, and we'd both smoke in there.’
    • ‘And you certainly wouldn't be rooming with your fiancé if he knew about that.’
    • ‘He became a student-assistant coach for the team while still rooming with his two former assistant captains.’
    • ‘You might be rooming in the same dorm house you know.’
    • ‘Although I wasn't one for wanting to socialize during this hard time, I guessed that I'd better get to know the people I'd be rooming with over the next two weeks.’
    • ‘You don't mind if you are rooming with other families do you?’
    • ‘They had roomed together for the last year at the academy and had numerous classes together throughout their time there.’
    • ‘The good news was that they were rooming together in the drafty, dirty attic.’
    • ‘Two young gay would-be actors in New York are rooming together.’
    lodge, board, have rooms
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    1. 1.1with object Provide with a shared room or lodging.
      ‘they roomed us together’
      • ‘Instead, I muttered, ‘Because it sucks being roomed with someone who dislikes me.’’
      • ‘‘An old acquaintance of mine will be rooming you for the night,’ Dann says.’

Phrases

  • get a room

    • informal usually in imperativeGo somewhere private (used as a humorous or mildly disapproving comment on a public display of extremely affectionate or amorous behavior between a couple)

      ‘seriously you two, just get a room!’
      • ‘I was uncomfortable watching the video too, however, it was because it looked like these two should have gotten a room!’
      • ‘Whoa, get a room, you guys!’
      • ‘Her kids are constantly telling them to "get a room."’
      • ‘We were just backstage in the green room kissing the whole time, and we heard this voice behind us go, 'Get a room.'’
      • ‘Forget the kissing on the lips, but the whole caressing, bedroom eyes, etc. - get a room.’
      • ‘The engaged duo is seen sticking their tongues out and getting pretty close to smooching - get a room, you guys!’
      • ‘He loves and adores her - they have the most PDA ever and everyone else is like, 'Get a room!'’
      • ‘You 2 need to get a room and leave commenting to logical people.’
      • ‘Oh, just get a room, you two.’
      • ‘We'd tell him and his new girlfriend to get a room, but then we wouldn't be able to stare at them kissing.’
  • no (or not) room to swing a cat

    • humorous Used in reference to a very confined space.

      • ‘We have a splendid cabin and there's plenty of room - but in most places there isn't room to swing a cat.’
      • ‘You don't need to have been inside a dog trap yourself to understand that there isn't room to swing a cat in there,’
  • make room

    • Move aside or move something aside to allow someone to enter or pass or to clear space for something.

      ‘the secretary entered with the coffee tray and made room for it on the desk’
      • ‘‘Sorry,’ she whispered, crowding herself onto the edge of the stairs, making room for him to pass.’
      • ‘She made room for them to pass and closed the door behind her.’
      • ‘Clear out the space and make room for your heater to function at its best.’
      • ‘Jim stepped inside the elevator after her, then moved aside to make room for several other people.’
      • ‘As a collection grows and paintings are moved about to make room for additions, each work is seen in a new way.’
      • ‘The area of the forest they had stopped in had been cleared to make room for houses.’
      • ‘The old must move over to make room for the young, that is natures way.’
      • ‘The new space makes room for a counter-height table and stools, plus a wall of pantry cupboards.’
      • ‘At midnight some of the tables are cleared away to make room for a dancefloor, which fills up quickly.’
      • ‘He was standing in the open doorway on the small balcony; he stood aside to make room for her.’
  • smoke-filled room

    • Used to refer to political bargaining or decision-making that is conducted privately by a small group of influential people rather than more openly or democratically.

      • ‘The voters don't really participate in the primaries, and I think Sandy's got a point: not necessarily a smoke-filled room, but bring back party leadership.’
      • ‘A smoke-filled room at Marshall Space Flight Center, with representatives of every specialty at Marshall present.’
      • ‘On the one hand, the photograph gives us a hint of what it feels like to be a power broker whose milieu is the smoke-filled room, or an insider who manages the campaign from the sidelines.’
      • ‘We know that the nation's wealth is all made indoors, that power has passed from the Whigs of the land to the Tories and socialists of the smoke-filled room.’
      • ‘We got into this mess because we needed to create political leadership opportunities and replace the smoke-filled room with the open-source, collaborative politics that is our future.’
      • ‘They were expected to come to his house, stay into the morning hours in a closed, smoke-filled room and help him with his research programs and proposals.’
      • ‘After the Civil War, said Bonpane, ‘Hayes agreed in a smoke-filled room to take the Yankee troops out of the South.’’

Origin

Old English rūm, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch ruim, German Raum.

Pronunciation