Definition of hothouse in English:


Syllabification: hot·house
Pronunciation: /ˈhätˌhous


  • 1A heated building, typically made largely of glass, for rearing plants out of season or in a climate colder than is natural for them.
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    • I dream of rain, falling on everything, the dripping, peeling runnels of all gardens, from the grey sky through glass and hothouse, in the sowed order of this elder's place.
    • These so-called cluster tomatoes are cultured in hothouses for sale during seasons when field-grown crops aren't available.
    • As a response to the historic site and context, to the requirements of modern hothouses and to climate, it is both sophisticated and thoughtful.
  • 1.1An environment that encourages the rapid growth or development of someone or something, especially in a stifling or intense way: [as modifier]: the hothouse atmosphere of the college
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    • Students were not potted plants to be watered in some academic hothouse, nor were they to be subjects of academic experiments.
    • In this Bohemian hothouse, our quirks and foibles flourished unchecked.
    • Surely there is a point where in-house becomes hothouse.
    intense, oppressive, stifling; overprotected, sheltered, insular, isolated, shielded; sensitive


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  • Educate (a child) to a high level at an earlier age than is usual.
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    • We offer tangible value to the individuals behind the idea and then, by hothousing the concept, we offer investors a very sound proposition indeed.
    • The mother of Andy Murray, Britain's teenage tennis sensation, has produced a guide to the pitfalls of being a ‘pushy parent’ when hothousing a sporting prodigy.
    • His is not a story of hothousing a talent through academies from early boyhood.

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