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

     

    house

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//haʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//haʊz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they house
    BrE BrE//haʊz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//haʊz//
     
    he / she / it houses
    BrE BrE//ˈhaʊzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaʊzɪz//
     
    past simple housed
    BrE BrE//haʊzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//haʊzd//
     
    past participle housed
    BrE BrE//haʊzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//haʊzd//
     
    -ing form housing
    BrE BrE//ˈhaʊzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaʊzɪŋ//
     
     
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    provide home
  1. 1house somebody to provide a place for somebody to live The government is committed to housing the refugees.
  2. keep something
  3. 2house something to be the place where something is kept or where something operates from The gallery houses 2 000 works of modern art. The museum is housed in the Old Court House. These offices also house a printing firm. The books were housed in glass-fronted cases.
  4. Word Origin Old English hūs (noun), hūsian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch huis, German Haus (nouns), and Dutch huizen, German hausen (verbs).Extra examples At no time in the 19th century were the working classes adequately housed. The fish can be temporarily housed in a smaller aquarium. The losers in this society are the homeless and badly housed. The losers in this society are the old, the sick, the jobless, the homeless and badly housed. The rabbits were housed individually. The new offices will house 600 administration staff.
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