Definition of host verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    host

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//həʊst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hoʊst//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they host
    BrE BrE//həʊst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hoʊst//
     
    he / she / it hosts
    BrE BrE//həʊsts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hoʊsts//
     
    past simple hosted
    BrE BrE//ˈhəʊstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhoʊstɪd//
     
    past participle hosted
    BrE BrE//ˈhəʊstɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhoʊstɪd//
     
    -ing form hosting
    BrE BrE//ˈhəʊstɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhoʊstɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  host something to organize an event to which others are invited and make all the arrangements for them South Africa hosted the World Cup finals. Birmingham is hosting a three-day conference on drugs. The Arts Centre is hosting a folk festival this summer.
  2. 2  host something to introduce a television or radio programme, a show, etc. synonym compère
  3. 3host something to organize a party that you have invited guests to to host a dinner
  4. 4host something to store a website on a computer connected to the Internet, usually in return for payment a company that builds and hosts e-commerce sites
  5. Word Originverb Middle English: from Old French hoste, from Latin hospes, hospit- ‘host, guest’.Extra examples The country is very keen to host the Winter Olympics in six years’ time. The tournament is to be jointly hosted by India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. the city’s bid to host the Olympic Games in the year 2008 Charlie Rose will host tonight’s show. Germany hosted the World Cup finals. The President hosted a banquet in her honour.
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