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Definition of host noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] a person who invites guests to a meal, a party, etc. or who has people staying at their house James, our host, introduced us to the other guests. see also hostess
  2. 2[countable] a country, a city, or an organization that holds and arranges a special event The college is playing host to a group of visiting Russian scientists.
  3. 3[countable] a person who introduces a television or radio show, and talks to guests a TV game show host see also announcer
  4. 4[countable] (technology) an animal or a plant on which another animal or plant lives and feeds
  5. 5[countable] host of somebody/something a large number of people or things a host of possibilities
  6. 6[countable] the main computer in a network that controls or supplies information to other computers that are connected to it transferring files from the host to your local computer
  7. 7the Host [singular] the bread that is used in the Christian service of communion, after it has been blessed
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