Definition of room in English:

room

Syllabification: room
Pronunciation: /ro͞om
 
, ro͝om
 
/

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

[no object] North American Back to top  
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
More example sentences
  • ‘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.’

Origin

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

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)
More example sentences
  • 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?

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