Home is where you live: your house, apartment, or condo. It's also the place we feel most comfortable, loved, and protected — where we most feel at home.

Home is many things to many people. It's the place you live, and the places you love: people might feel at home in a bookstore, a park, or certain cities. Old people live in nursing homes, and baseball players try to reach home plate. Animal shelters find homes for pets. Most people feel safe and happy at home, even if it's not perfect. It’s easy to find somewhere to live, but it’s tough to make a real home.

Definitions of home
  1. noun
    where you live at a particular time
    “deliver the package to my home
    “he doesn't have a home to go to”
    synonyms: place
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    home away from home, home from home
    a place where you are just as comfortable and content as if you were home
    type of:
    abode, residence
    any address at which you dwell more than temporarily
  2. noun
    the country or state or city where you live
    “Canadian tariffs enabled United States lumber companies to raise prices at home
    “his home is New Jersey”
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    type of:
    a point or extent in space
  3. noun
    the place where you are stationed and from which missions start and end
    synonyms: base
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    type of:
    a point or extent in space
  4. noun
    an environment offering affection and security
    home is where the heart is”
    “there's no place like home
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    type of:
    the totality of surrounding conditions
  5. noun
    a social unit living together
    “the teacher asked how many people made up his home
    synonyms: family, house, household, menage
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    broken home
    a family in which the parents have separated or divorced
    conjugal family, nuclear family
    a family consisting of parents and their children and grandparents of a marital partner
    extended family
    a family consisting of the nuclear family and their blood relatives
    foster family
    the family of a fosterling
    foster home
    a household in which an orphaned or delinquent child is placed (usually by a social-service agency)
    menage a trois
    household for three; an arrangement where a married couple and a lover of one of them live together while sharing sexual relations
    type of:
    social unit, unit
    an organization regarded as part of a larger social group
  6. noun
    housing that someone is living in
    “they raise money to provide homes for the homeless”
    synonyms: abode, domicile, dwelling, dwelling house, habitation
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    cliff dwelling
    a rock and adobe dwelling built on sheltered ledges in the sides of a cliff
    condo, condominium
    one of the dwelling units in a condominium
    a house or other dwelling in need of repair (usually offered for sale at a low price)
    fireside, hearth
    home symbolized as a part of the fireplace
    the abode of a hermit
    dwelling that is usually a farmhouse and adjoining land
    a dwelling that serves as living quarters for one or more families
    lake dwelling, pile dwelling
    dwelling built on piles in or near a lake; specifically in prehistoric villages
    indian lodge, lodge
    any of various Native American dwellings
    (law) a dwelling house and its adjacent buildings and the adjacent land used by the household
    semi-detached house
    a dwelling that is attached to something on only one side
    vacation home
    a dwelling (a second home) where you live while you are on vacation
    a circular domed dwelling that is portable and self-supporting; originally used by nomadic Mongol and Turkic people of central Asia but now used as inexpensive alternative or temporary housing
    beach house
    a house built on or near a beach
    boarding house, boardinghouse
    a private house that provides accommodations and meals for paying guests
    bungalow, cottage
    a small house with a single story
    a small house built of wood; usually in a wooded area
    a Swiss house with a sloping roof and wide eaves or a house built in this style
    chapterhouse, frat house, fraternity house
    a house used as a residence by a chapter of a fraternity
    country house
    a house (usually large and impressive) on an estate in the country
    detached house, single dwelling
    a house that stands alone
    doll's house, dollhouse
    a house so small that it is likened to a child's plaything
    duplex, duplex house, semidetached house
    a house with two units sharing a common wall
    house for a farmer and family
    a house built at a gateway; usually the gatekeeper's residence
    a house separate from the main house; for housing guests
    the main house on a ranch or large estate
    a Navajo lodge covered with earth; traditionally built with the entrance facing east
    hunting lodge, lodge
    a small (rustic) house used as a temporary shelter
    lodging house, rooming house
    a house where rooms are rented
    maisonette, maisonnette
    a small house
    hall, manse, mansion, mansion house, residence
    a large and imposing house
    ranch house
    a one story house with a low pitched roof
    the official house or establishment of an important person (as a sovereign or president)
    row house, town house
    a house that is one of a row of identical houses situated side by side and sharing common walls
    safe house
    a house used as a hiding place or refuge by members of certain organizations
    a type of house built in New England; has two stories in front and one behind
    adobe house, sod house, soddy
    a house built of sod or adobe laid in horizontal courses
    solar house
    a house designed to use solar radiation for heating; usually has large areas of glass in front of heat-absorbing materials
    teepee, tepee, tipi
    a Native American tent; usually of conical shape
    tract house
    one of many houses of similar design constructed together on a tract of land
    detached or semidetached suburban house
    wickiup, wikiup
    a lodge consisting of a frame covered with matting or brush; used by nomadic American Indians in the southwestern United States
    a Native American lodge frequently having an oval shape and covered with bark or hides
    type of:
    housing, living accommodations, lodging
    structures collectively in which people are housed
  7. adjective
    relating to or being where one lives or where one's roots are
    “my home town”
  8. adjective
    inside the country
    “the British Home Office has broader responsibilities than the United States Department of the Interior”
    synonyms: interior, internal, national
    of concern to or concerning the internal affairs of a nation
  9. adjective
    used of your own ground
    “a home game”
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    used of an opponent's ground
  10. adverb
    at or to or in the direction of one's home or family
    “He stays home on weekends”
    “after the game the children brought friends home for supper”
    “I'll be home tomorrow”
    “came riding home in style”
    “I hope you will come home for Christmas”
    “I'll take her home
    “don't forget to write home
  11. verb
    provide with, or send to, a home
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    type of:
    domiciliate, house, put up
    provide housing for
  12. verb
    return home accurately from a long distance
    “homing pigeons”
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    type of:
    go or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before
  13. noun
    place where something began and flourished
    “the United States is the home of basketball”
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    type of:
    beginning, origin, root, rootage, source
    the place where something begins, where it springs into being
  14. noun
    an institution where people are cared for
    “a home for the elderly”
    synonyms: nursing home, rest home
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    an establishment consisting of a building or complex of buildings where an organization for the promotion of some cause is situated
  15. noun
    (baseball) base consisting of a rubber slab where the batter stands; it must be touched by a base runner in order to score
    “he ruled that the runner failed to touch home
    synonyms: home base, home plate, plate
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    type of:
    bag, base
    a place that the runner must touch before scoring
  16. adverb
    on or to the point aimed at
    “the arrow struck home
  17. adverb
    to the fullest extent; to the heart
    “drove the nail home
    “drove his point home
    “his comments hit home
Commonly confused words

hone / home

To hone is to sharpen a knife or perfect a skill. Home is where you live, where your stuff is, is where the heart is, and all that.

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