- 1 [mass noun] Space that can be occupied or where something can be done: there’s only room for a single bed in there she made room for Josh on the sofa [with infinitive]: he was trapped without room to moveMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Opportunity or scope for something to happen or be done: there’s room for improvement in the way the programme is managed [with infinitive]: a policy which left the government with very little room to manoeuvreMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2A part or division of a building enclosed by walls, floor, and ceiling: he wandered from room to roomMore example sentences
• archaic chamber
- 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.
- 2.1The people present in a room: the whole room burst into an uproar of approvalMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.2 (rooms) British A set of rooms, typically rented, in which a person, couple, or family live: my rooms at Mrs Jenks’s houseMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 1Share a room, house, or flat, especially a rented one at a college or similar institution: I was rooming with my cousinMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 [with object] Provide with a shared room or lodging: they roomed us togetherMore 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.’
no (or not) room to swing a cat
- • humorous Used in reference to a very confined space: there’s not even room to swing a cat![cat in the sense 'cat-o'-nine-tails']More example sentences
- 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.
- Used in reference to political decision-making conducted privately by a small group of influential people rather than more openly or democratically: he understands the party machine, the smoke-filled rooms, and the endless resolutionsMore example sentences
- 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.
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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?
Old English rūm, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch ruim, German Raum.