Definition of room in English:

room

Pronunciation: /ro͞om//ro͝om/

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’
    • ‘There is room in the safer areas for these children; householders have volunteered to provide it.’
    • ‘Laid in gravel and patio, it includes a number of shrubs and plants and offers plenty of room for outdoor dining.’
    • ‘His room could easily fit three of my bedroom inside of it, with room to move around.’
    • ‘The gown had no layers and it hugged her form while allowing her legs ample room to move.’
    • ‘The horses and people took up a lot of room and made the enormous space look almost small.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One thousand people from a fishing village were forced to move to give room to a refinery plant which was never built.’
    • ‘In the evenings there is room to move about unlike many bars and the music is quite ambient.’
    • ‘It was a little dinner but the table they were seated at gave them both enough room to move around with ease.’
    • ‘This should mean that some of the smaller operators will still have room to move.’
    • ‘Small enough to be cosy, large enough to give her room to move if she wished it.’
    • ‘In three more weeks they will be more than twice the size, giving them no room at all to move.’
    • ‘It looks like a conventional backpack, with plenty of room for all your travel gear.’
    • ‘As they grow bigger, move them into a larger container so they have enough room to feed and move.’
    • ‘On the inside, there is plenty of room for rear passengers and the cabin is bright, roomy and attractive.’
    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’
      • ‘So, to come to the point, there will also be room for some hesitancy about determinism and freedom.’
      • ‘That implies there will be plenty of room for replacement purchases in the future.’
      • ‘But they have little room for manoeuvre, because they cannot determine the prices.’
      • ‘I don't think a sequel is necessary at all, but there is room for it.’
      • ‘But don't rest on your laurels; there will probably still be room for improvement.’
      • ‘My fear had left awhile back, leaving plenty of room for the anger that was rising.’
      • ‘There is plenty of room for anarchy in such a world, and plenty of room for utopianism, but no real place for the state.’
      • ‘There's plenty of room for anyone to think what they like about it, as the archaeological literature shows.’
      • ‘There is plenty of room for growth in Italy, a very fragmented market.’
      • ‘Studying The Composition of Foods, I can see why this kind of analysis leaves plenty of room for error.’
      • ‘But it proves that there's room for more than one feel-good, cheeky northern comedy.’
      • ‘This indicates that there was room for experts to disagree on this question.’
      • ‘There is little room for ambiguity and certainly no cathartic moments.’
      • ‘As with all young things there's room for plenty of potential but for now we will have to wait.’
      • ‘An increasingly tight schedule meant that there was no room for quibbles about the job description.’
      • ‘The end leaves no room for doubt, for the book actually splits into two voices, a man's and a young woman's.’
      • ‘His interventions were haphazard, ill prepared, and there was plenty of room for others to take initiatives.’
      • ‘As this last example suggests, there is room for disagreement over the use of Ockham's Razor.’
      • ‘She said of the three offices, one was doing extremely well while the other two had room for improvement.’
      • ‘Where so much ground is covered, there will be room for disagreement on points of detail, or emphasis.’
      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’
    • ‘The premises consisted of a single dusty room, with a desk, two filing cabinets and one chair.’
    • ‘There was a wall, separating two rooms, a living room to the left, and a kitchen to the right.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Drinkers were served in the taproom, a large single room furnished with trestle tables and benches.’
    • ‘Finally, the attic conversion has added two further rooms with walls and ceilings panelled in white deal.’
    • ‘In the warehouse, a half-dozen or so rooms are stacked floor to ceiling with some of the world's finest wines.’
    • ‘Each room of the mansion presents a unique and different puzzle to be solved.’
    • ‘On the first floor the master bedroom and en suite bathroom are both spacious rooms with high ceilings.’
    • ‘He walked around the school corridors, passing by different rooms and by walls of lockers trying to find the room where the piano was.’
    • ‘The room was an upstairs room with a floor of beaten earth, laid on beams of wood interlaid with matting.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is also a small utility room and separate storage room in this area.’
    • ‘Smaller houses are simply a rectangular block of four walls forming a single room.’
    • ‘One of the delightful surprises is the ceiling of the toddler room on the second floor.’
    • ‘So he fought them, until they dragged him away to a room covered in padded walls and floors.’
    • ‘The walls and ceiling of the room were perfectly black, with age and dirt.’
    • ‘In the Chemistry Building there were a number of non-laboratory rooms on the first floor.’
    • ‘To the right of the hall is the living/dining room, a large room which is the full depth of the house.’
    1. 2.1rooms A set of rooms, typically rented, in which a person, couple, or family live.
      ‘my rooms at Mrs. Jenks's house’
      • ‘Always the Londoner, Arnold spent most of the week living in his rooms at the top of the Middle Temple.’
      • ‘He lives in rooms set apart from the rest of the house, to allow him some independence from his parents.’
      • ‘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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    2. 2.2[in singular] The people present in a room.
      ‘the whole room burst into an uproar of approval’
      • ‘Others join in and the whole room burst into a riot of clapping, yells, and screaming.’
      • ‘Isis thought of how she would like to be able to quiet a whole room by just her presence.’
      • ‘The room erupted in a roar of approval and whistles.’
      • ‘The room once again fell silent, as she waited for her answer.’
      • ‘The whole room sat in silence for a few seconds before Matt said goodnight and began packing up.’
      • ‘When she opened the classroom door the room became silent and everyone looked at her.’
      • ‘We suggest with this game that rather than reporters popping up, there should be a whole room of reporters.’

verb

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

    ‘I was rooming with my cousin’
    • ‘The good news was that they were rooming together in the drafty, dirty attic.’
    • ‘And you certainly wouldn't be rooming with your fiancé if he knew about that.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was a phrase your father used on me back when we roomed together here at The Institute.’
    • ‘I was simply tickled when I found out that we would be rooming together.’
    • ‘Posted on that wall over there is the list of who will be rooming together.’
    • ‘Two young gay would-be actors in New York are rooming together.’
    • ‘He became a student-assistant coach for the team while still rooming with his two former assistant captains.’
    • ‘We roomed together for a while, and we'd both smoke in there.’
    • ‘You might be rooming in the same dorm house you know.’
    • ‘They had roomed together for the last year at the academy and had numerous classes together throughout their time there.’
    • ‘You don't mind if you are rooming with other families do you?’
    lodge, board, have rooms
    live, stay
    be quartered, be housed, be billeted
    dwell, reside, be domiciled, sojourn
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    1. 1.1[with 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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

room

/ro͞om//ro͝om/