Definition of room in English:

room

Syllabification: room
Pronunciation: /ro͞om, ro͝om
 
 
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noun

  • 1Space that can be occupied or where something can be done, especially viewed in terms of whether there is enough: there’s only room for a single bed in there [with infinitive]: she was trapped without room to move
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    • There is room in the safer areas for these children; householders have volunteered to provide it.
    • The man sat down between two people, so she didn't have room to move to see his face.
    • Small enough to be cosy, large enough to give her room to move if she wished it.
    Synonyms
    space; headroom, legroom; area, expanse, extent
    informal elbow room
  • 1.1Opportunity or scope for something to happen or be done, especially without causing trouble or damage: there is plenty of room for disagreement in this controversial area there is room for improvement
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    • But don't rest on your laurels; there will probably still be room for improvement.
    • She said of the three offices, one was doing extremely well while the other two had room for improvement.
    • There is plenty of room for anarchy in such a world, and plenty of room for utopianism, but no real place for the state.
    Synonyms
    capacity, scope, leeway, latitude, freedom; opportunity, chance
  • 2A part or division of a building enclosed by walls, floor, and ceiling: he wandered from room to room
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    • One of the delightful surprises is the ceiling of the toddler room on the second floor.
    • Finally, the attic conversion has added two further rooms with walls and ceilings panelled in white deal.
    • On the first floor the master bedroom and en suite bathroom are both spacious rooms with high ceilings.
    Synonyms
  • 2.1 (rooms) A set of rooms, typically rented, in which a person, couple, or family live: my rooms at Mrs. Jenks’s house
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    • They get the sign-painter's boy to help, because his family rents rooms in the schoolmaster's house.
    • Gwen and her family lived in the upper rooms of a small house and I knew from experience that the smell of too many people in too small a place hit a person the second they opened the front door.
    • He lives in rooms set apart from the rest of the house, to allow him some independence from his parents.
    Synonyms
    accommodations, quarters, lodgings; a suite, an apartment, an efficiency unit
    informal a pad, digs
  • 2.2 [in singular] The people present in a room: the whole room burst into an uproar of approval
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    • Others join in and the whole room burst into a riot of clapping, yells, and screaming.
    • Isis thought of how she would like to be able to quiet a whole room by just her presence.
    • We suggest with this game that rather than reporters popping up, there should be a whole room of reporters.

verb

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  • 1Share a room or house or apartment, especially a rented one at a college or similar institution: I was rooming with my cousin
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    • It was a phrase your father used on me back when we roomed together here at The Institute.
    • You might be rooming in the same dorm house you know.
    • I was simply tickled when I found out that we would be rooming together.
    Synonyms
    board, lodge, live, stay; be quartered, be housed, be billeted
    formal dwell, reside, sojourn
  • 1.1 [with object] Provide with a shared room or lodging: they roomed us together
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    • ‘An old acquaintance of mine will be rooming you for the night,’ Dann says.
    • Instead, I muttered, ‘Because it sucks being roomed with someone who dislikes me.’

Phrases

make room

Move aside or move something aside to allow someone to enter or pass or to clear space for something: the secretary entered with the coffee tray and made room for it on the desk
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  • Clear out the space and make room for your heater to function at its best.
  • ‘Sorry,’ she whispered, crowding herself onto the edge of the stairs, making room for him to pass.
  • The new space makes room for a counter-height table and stools, plus a wall of pantry cupboards.

no (or not) room to swing a cat

humorous Used in reference to a very confined space.
[cat in the sense 'cat-o'-nine-tails']
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  • You don't need to have been inside a dog trap yourself to understand that there isn't room to swing a cat in there,
  • We have a splendid cabin and there's plenty of room - but in most places there isn't room to swing a cat.

smoke-filled room

Used to refer to political bargaining or decision-making that is conducted privately by a small group of influential people rather than more openly or democratically.
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  • We got into this mess because we needed to create political leadership opportunities and replace the smoke-filled room with the open-source, collaborative politics that is our future.
  • After the Civil War, said Bonpane, ‘Hayes agreed in a smoke-filled room to take the Yankee troops out of the South.’
  • The voters don't really participate in the primaries, and I think Sandy's got a point: not necessarily a smoke-filled room, but bring back party leadership.

Derivatives

roomed

adjective
[in combination]: a four-roomed house

roomful

Pronunciation: /-ˌfo͝ol/
noun (plural roomfuls)
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  • Think about it: apart from dance class and the New Year's Eve countdown to midnight, wasn't kindergarten the last time you counted out loud with a roomful of other people?
  • We've sat titillated or mortified as we shared in this voyeuristic exercise with a roomful of strangers.
  • Is it your idea of fun to watch a roomful of under-educated monkeys sitting awkwardly in a studio for two hours?

Origin

Old English rūm, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch ruim, German Raum.

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