host

If you've invited people over, offered to entertain, or let someone crash on your couch, then you're a host. Throw a fabulous party and you’ll be everyone’s favorite host. Do it when you're also hosting pneumonia germs, and your guests won't be so grateful.

The noun host refers to a person who receives and entertains guests. But hosting also has an ickier side: In biology, a host is an animal, plant or person that provides a home for another organism — like a parasite. Host also functions as a noun, meaning a multitude, horde, or great number. As in, "You will pick up a host of funky germs from drinking the water in rural India."

Primary Meanings of host

1.
nv
a person who invites guests to a social event (such as a party in his or her own home) and who is responsible for them while they are there
be the host of or for
2.
n
a vast multitude
3.
n
an animal or plant that nourishes and supports a parasite; it does not benefit and is often harmed by the association
4.
n
(computer science) a computer that provides client stations with access to files and printers as shared resources to a computer network
Full Definitions of host
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n a person who invites guests to a social event (such as a party in his or her own home) and who is responsible for them while they are there

Types:
hostess
a woman host
Type of:
adult, grownup
a fully developed person from maturity onward

n a person who acts as host at formal occasions (makes an introductory speech and introduces other speakers)

Synonyms:
emcee, master of ceremonies
Examples:
Edward Vincent Sullivan
United States host on a well known television variety show (1902-1974)
Types:
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compere
British term for someone who introduces television acts or cabarets etc
Lord of Misrule
a person appointed master of revels at a Christmas celebration
question master, quizmaster
the host or chairman of a radio or tv quiz show or panel game
ringmaster
the person in charge of performances in a circus ring
symposiarch, toastmaster
the person who proposes toasts and introduces speakers at a banquet
toast mistress
a woman toastmaster
Type of:
entertainer
a person who tries to please or amuse

n any organization that provides resources and facilities for a function or event

“Atlanta was chosen to be host for the Olympic Games”
Type of:
organisation, organization
a group of people who work together

n the owner or manager of an inn

Synonyms:
boniface, innkeeper
Types:
hostess
a woman innkeeper
padrone
an owner or proprietor of an inn in Italy
victualer, victualler
an innkeeper (especially British)
Type of:
patron
the proprietor of an inn

v be the host of or for

“We hosted 4 couples last night”
Types:
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banquet, feast, junket
provide a feast or banquet for
wine and dine
provide with food and drink, usually lavishly
compere, emcee
act as a master of ceremonies
do the honors
act as the host and receive or introduce one's guests
Type of:
entertain
provide entertainment for
2

n a vast multitude

Synonyms:
horde, legion
Type of:
concourse, multitude, throng
a large gathering of people

n archaic terms for army

Synonyms:
legion
Types:
Roman Legion
a division of from 3000 to 6000 men (including cavalry) in the Roman army
Sabaoth
(plural) hosts or armies; used in the book of Romans in the New Testament
Type of:
army, ground forces, regular army
a permanent organization of the military land forces of a nation or state
3

n an animal or plant that nourishes and supports a parasite; it does not benefit and is often harmed by the association

Antonyms:
parasite
an animal or plant that lives in or on a host (another animal or plant); it obtains nourishment from the host without benefiting or killing the host
Types:
intermediate host
a host that is used by a parasite in the course of its life cycle
definitive host
the host in which the sexual reproduction of a parasite takes place
Type of:
being, organism
a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently

n (medicine) recipient of transplanted tissue or organ from a donor

Type of:
receiver, recipient
a person who receives something
4

n (computer science) a computer that provides client stations with access to files and printers as shared resources to a computer network

Synonyms:
server
Type of:
computer, computing device, computing machine, data processor, electronic computer, information processing system
a machine for performing calculations automatically

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