Definition of residential in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌrezəˈden(t)SH(ə)l/


1Designed for people to live in: private residential and nursing homes
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  • How many of your readers would choose to live in residential care or nursing homes if there was full support in the community?
  • The association has been helping people living mainly in residential care for three years and has ambitious plans for expansion.
  • The former nurse, who lives at the residential home, is still taking part in weekly art classes.
1.1Providing accommodations in addition to other services: a residential college
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  • A Higher Education centre, improved student residential accommodation and catering facilities are also planned.
  • The building has been vacant since it closed as a residential college for wealthy Middle-Easterners about 20 years ago.
  • Recently, I went to a function at my old university residential college.
1.2Occupied by private houses: quieter traffic in residential areas
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  • Official permission is not needed as long as the guns are licensed and the shoot takes place on private land away from residential areas.
  • These small private outlets with an average size of about 10 square metres are mainly located in residential areas.
  • Meat outlets should not be set up near residential areas as it increases the risk of contagious diseases if the meat gets contaminated.
1.3Concerning or relating to residence: land has been diverted from residential use
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  • Mold is the latest environmental hazard issue to concern the residential housing industry.
  • Also in this area are a concert hall, posh residential flats and an enormous Hilton hotel.
  • As everyone knows, more downtown residential units are needed and needed now.



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  • Planning and conditions attached by local or national authorities which affect the town both residentially and commercially, is a highly sensitive issue.
  • In their report to the planning committee, council officers commented: ‘It was apparent that the caravans were being used residentially.’
  • ‘It will take traffic away from narrow roads of a highly residentially zoned area while also facilitating ease of access for HGVs to the key industrial sections of our city’.

Words that rhyme with residential

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Syllabification: res·i·den·tial

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