ldoce_164_ghousehouse1 /haʊs/ ●●●S1W1 noun (plural houses /ˈhaʊzɪz/) 🔊 🔊 1where someone lives [countable]a)a building that someone lives in, especially one that has more than one level and is intended to be used by one family 🔊 a four-bedroom housein a house 🔊 every room in the houseat somebody’s house 🔊 We met at Alison’s house. 🔊 Why don’t you all come over to our house for coffee?move house British English (=leave your house and go to live in another one)b)PERSON/PEOPLE the house all the people who live in a house syn household 🔊 He gets up at six and disturbs the whole house.► see thesaurus at home2buildinga)opera/court/movie etc houseBUILD a large public building used for a particular purposeb)House British EnglishNAME OF A THING used in the names of large buildings, especially offices 🔊 the BBC television studios at Broadcasting Housec)hen house/coach house/storehouse etc a building used for a particular purpose3governmentPGPGOVERENMENT [countable] a group of people who make the laws of a country 🔊 The president will address both houses of Congress.the House of Commons/Lords/Representatives/Assembly 🔊 the Speaker of the House →Lower House, Upper House4companyCOMPANY [countable] a company, especially one involved in a particular area of business 🔊 America’s oldest publishing house 🔊 a small independent software house 🔊 an auction house 🔊 a famous Italian fashion house5theatre [countable]a)APTthe part of a theatre, cinema etc where people sit opp backstage 🔊 The show has been playing to full houses. 🔊 The house was half empty. 🔊 The house lights went down and the music started.b)APTthe people who have come to watch a performance syn audiencefull/packed/empty house (=a large or small audience) 🔊 The show has been playing to packed houses since it opened.6 →in house7 →put/set/get your (own) house in order8 →bring the house down9 →be on the house10 →house wine11 →get on/along like a house on fire12 →set up house13 →keep house14schoolSES [countable] British English in some schools, one of the groups that children of different ages are divided into to compete against each other, for example in sportscompetitions15royal familyHIGH POSITION OR RANK [countable] an important family, especially a royal family 🔊 the House of Windsor16COMPLICATEDmusic [uncountable]house music17 →house of God/worship18 →this houseCOLLOCATIONSverbslive in a houseThey live in a really big house in Hampstead.buy a houseWe bought this house when Liam was just a baby.rent a houseWhile he was working in London, Ken rented a house in Fulham.sell a houseWe decided to sell the house and move back to Seattle.put your house on the market (=make it available for people to buy)They put the house on the market and began looking for an apartment.move into/out of a houseWe’re moving into our new house next week.build a houseThey’re building a house on land overlooking Galway Bay.put up a house (=build a house, especially when it seems very quick)I think they’ve ruined the village by putting up these new houses.renovate a house (=repair a house so that it is in good condition again)He makes money by renovating old houses and selling them on.decorate a house (=put paint or wallpaper on the inside walls of a house)If we’re going to decorate the house, let’s get professionals in.do up a house informal (=decorate it)We’ve been doing up the house bit by bit since we first moved in.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + house a private house (=one owned by someone)It was a residential neighborhood of private houses.a rented house (=one owned by someone who rents it to people)She shares a rented house with three other students.a council house British English (=one owned by a local council that people can rent cheaply)The rent rise is a blow to council house tenants.a Georgian/Victorian/Edwardian etc house (=a house in Britain that was built during the reign of a particular king or queen )They live in a lovely old Edwardian house with high ceilings.house + NOUNhouse pricesHouse prices have tripled over the last ten years.a house ownerAll house owners must pay council tax.a house purchaseA solicitor can help you with the legal aspects of a house purchase.house hunting (=the activity of looking at houses that you might buy)Have you had any success with your house hunting?THESAURUShouse a building that someone lives in, especially one that is intended for one family, person, or couple to live inAnnie and Rick have just bought their first house.The price of houses is going up all the time.detached house British English a house that is not joined to another housea detached four-bedroomed housesemi-detached house British English a house that is joined to another house on one sideterraced house British English, row house American English one of a row of houses that are joined togethertownhouse one of a row of houses that are joined together. In British English, townhouse is often used about a large and impressive house in a fashionable area of a cityan 18th-century townhouse in Bathcottage a small house in the country – used especially about houses in the UKa little cottage in the countrya thatched cottage (=with a roof made of straw)bungalow a small house that is all on one levelBungalows are suitable for many elderly people.country house a large house in the countryside, especially one that is of historical interestThe hotel was originally an Edwardian country house.mansion a very large housethe family’s Beverly Hills mansionmobile home (also trailer American English) a type of house that can be pulled by a large vehicle and moved to another placeranch house American English a long narrow house that is all on one levela California ranch houseduplex American English a house that is divided into two separate homesan apartmentapartment especially American English, flat British English a set of rooms where someone lives that is part of a house or bigger building. In British English, people usually say flat. Apartment is used about large and expensiveflats, or in advertisementsHis apartment is on the eighth floor.In London, I shared a flat with some other students.condominium (also condo informal) American English one apartment in a building with several apartments, owned by the people who live in thema 10-unit condominium complex a group of housesdevelopment a group of new houses or other buildings that are all planned and built together on the same piece of landThe site is to be used for a new housing development.estate British English an area where a large group of houses have all been built together at the same timeShe grew up on a council estate in Leeds.