Definition of residence in English:


Syllabification: res·i·dence
Pronunciation: /ˈrez(ə)dəns, ˈrezəˌdens


  • 1A person’s home; the place where someone lives.
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    • They are there in case one day someone again wants to live in the house as a private residence and restore it to its original condition.
    • Residence in Canadian cities is generally private rather than communal, dominated by private homes or residences.
    • However, he and his wife built two of the grandest private residences in the country.
    home, house, place of residence, address; quarters, lodgings
    informal pad, digs
  • 1.1The official house of a government minister or other public and official figure.
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    • It is not paid to ministers with an official residence in London.
    • As Park View was considered inauspicious by many and it was dropped from the list of official residences of the Ministers.
    • We, the contestants went to the prime minister's official residence to meet with him.
  • 1.2The fact of living in a particular place: Rome was his main place of residence
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    • Domicile combines the fact of residence with the intention of not moving in future.
    • They will be eligible to permanent residence after living five years in South Korea.
    • The issue of loss of residence was balanced by the fact that they would create at least 15 jobs through the venture.


in residence

Living in or occupying a particular place: the guests in residence at the hotel
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  • The hotel says guest teas will stay in residence for a month and they say that subsequent delights will include Oolong Black Dragon and Jasmine Monkey King.
  • The committee members heard that it would take at least two years to close the hospital and that some patients would remain in residence over the next 24 months.
  • It used to be that if someone wanted to stay in residence for more than two years, they had to participate in the campus community.
(—— in residence) A person with a particular occupation (especially an artist or writer) paid to work in a college or other institution.
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  • The Trust now holds regular readings of Wordsworth's works, using actors, and employs writers and artists in residence to breathe life into the poet's legacy.
  • In the same year he was writer in residence in Trinity College, Dublin.
  • We have had an artist in residence, drama, dance and also held out-of-school activities.

take up residence

Start living in a particular place.
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  • Much of the first part of the novel details the adjustments and humiliations the family endures as they take up residence in the United States.
  • Today the council wants to build a shopping mall next to the museum, and knock down Burton Croft - as soon as the squatters who recently took up residence there have been evicted.
  • John took up residence in Paris and immersed himself in a French surrealism that was to determine the very nature of the New York school.


late Middle English (denoting the fact of living in a place): from Old French, or from medieval Latin residentia, from Latin residere 'remain' (see reside).

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