Definition of house noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    house

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//haʊs//
     
    (pl. houses
    NAmE//ˈhaʊzəz//
     
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    building
  1. 1[countable] a building for people to live in, usually for one family He went into the house. a two-bedroom house Let's have the party at my house. house prices What time do you leave the house in the morning (= to go to work)? We went on a tour of the house and grounds (= for example, at a country house, open to the public). see also penthouse, safe house Topic CollocationsDecorating and Home Improvementhouses refurbish/renovate a building/a house convert a building/house/room into homes/offices/ apartments/condominiums/condos extend/enlarge a house/building/room/kitchen build an addition (on/to something)/a sunroom/a deck knock down/demolish a house/home/building/wall knock out/down the wall separating two roomsdecorating furnish/paint/repaint a home/house/apartment/room be decorated in bright colors/in a traditional style/with flowers/with paintings paint/plaster the walls/ceiling hang/put up/strip off/remove (the) wallpaper install/replace/remove the bathroom fixtures build/put up shelves lay wooden flooring/timber decking/floor tiles/a carpet/a patio floor put up/hang/take down a picture/painting/poster/curtainhome improvement do carpentry/the plumbing/the wiring (yourself) make home improvements add/install central heating/underfloor heating/insulation install double-glazing/a smoke alarm insulate your house/your home/the walls/the pipes/the tanks/the attic fix/repair a roof/a leak/a pipe/the plumbing/a leaking faucet block/clog (up)/unblock/unclog a pipe/sink/drain make/drill/fill a hole hammer (in)/pull out/remove a nail tighten/loosen/remove a screw saw/cut/treat/stain/varnish/paint wood
  2. 2[singular] all the people living in a house synonym household Be quiet or you'll wake the whole house!
  3. 3 [countable] (in compounds) a building used for a particular purpose, for example for holding meetings in or keeping animals or goods in an opera house a henhouse see also doghouse, halfway house, hothouse, lighthouse, madhouse, outhouse, storehouse, warehouse
  4. company/institution
  5. 4[countable] (in compounds) a company involved in a particular kind of business; an institution of a particular kind a fashion/banking/publishing, etc. house a religious house (= a convent or a monastery ) I work in house (= in the offices of the company that I work for, not at home) see also clearing house, in-house
  6. restaurant
  7. 5 [countable] (in compounds) a restaurant a steakhouse a coffee house a bottle of house wine (= the cheapest wine available in a particular restaurant, sometimes not listed by name) see also roadhouse
  8. parliament
  9. 6 [countable] House a group of people who meet to discuss and make the laws of a country Legislation requires approval by both houses of Congress. see also lower house, upper house
  10. 7 the House [singular] the House of Representatives
  11. in theater
  12. 8 [countable] the part of a theater where the audience sits; the audience at a particular performance playing to a full/packed/empty house (= to a large/small audience) The spotlight faded and the house lights came up. see also full house
  13. family
  14. 9[countable] the House of… an old and famous family the House of Windsor (= the British royal family)
  15. music
  16. 10[uncountable] = house music see also acid house, art-house, powerhouse There are many other compounds ending in house. You will find them at their place in the alphabet.
  17. Topic CollocationsHouses and Apartmentsrenting live in a rental property rent/share/move into a furnished house/an apartment rent a studio/a studio apartment find/get a housemate/a roommate sign/break/default on a lease/rental agreement/contract extend/renew/terminate the lease afford/pay the rent/the bills/the utilities fall behind on the rent pay/lose/return a security/key deposit give/receive a month's/two-weeks' notice to leave/vacate the propertybeing a landlord have an apartment/a room/a house for rent rent (out)/lease (out)/sublet an apartment/a house/a property collect/increase/raise the rent evict the existing tenants attract/find new/prospective tenants invest in rental propertybuying buy/acquire/purchase a house/(a) property/(a piece of) prime real estate call/contact/use a real estate agent/broker put in/make an offer on a house make/save for a down payment on a house/home apply for/be approved for/take out a mortgage/home loan (struggle to) pay the mortgage make/meet/keep up/cover the monthly mortgage payments foreclose on somebody's home/houseselling put your house/property on the market/up for sale/up for auction increase/lower your price/the asking price have/hold/hand over the deed to the house, land, etc.Idioms
    bring the house down
     
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    to make everyone laugh or cheer, especially at a performance in the theater
    get along like a house on fire(informal)
     
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    (of people) to become friends quickly and have a very friendly relationship
    to cook, clean, and do all the other jobs around the house
    on the house
     
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    drinks or meals that are on the house are provided free by the bar or restaurant and you do not have to pay Have a drink on the house.
    put/set your (own) house in order
     
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    to organize your own business or improve your own behavior before you try to criticize someone else
    set up house
     
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    to make a place your home They set up house together in a small apartment in Brooklyn.
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