There are 2 main definitions of roost in English:

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roost 1

Pronunciation: /ruːst/

noun

A place where birds regularly settle or congregate to rest at night, or where bats congregate to rest in the day: birds were hurrying to their evening roosts
More example sentences
  • High concentrations of the organism can be found in bird roosts, caves inhabited by bats, school yards, areas with rotten or decaying wood, and chicken coops.
  • A bald eagle glides by en route to its evening roost on the branch of a cottonwood tree.
  • Birds with permanent roosts became the couple's rather more distant but equally delightful acquaintances.

verb

[no object]
(Of a bird or bat) settle or congregate for rest or sleep: migrating martins and swallows were settling to roost
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  • Faced with the blank white page, I tried to visualize the knoll where I sat, gazing across a broad area of the river to a point where some birds were roosting.
  • Birds roosted in the gables and in the huge old trees around the property.
  • It is a great feeling to see the birds roosting, the bees gathering honey… We follow the bee's path.

Phrases

come home to roost

(Of an action in the past) have an unexpected adverse consequence for the person responsible: for the overextended borrowers, the chickens have come home to roost
From the proverb ‘curses, like chickens, come home to roost’

Origin

Old English hrōst, related to Dutch roest; of unknown ultimate origin.

Words that rhyme with roost

boost, langouste, mot juste, Proust, self-induced, used
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roost 2

Pronunciation: /ruːst/

noun

(In the Orkneys and Shetlands) a tidal race.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from Old Norse rǫst.

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