Meaning of ROOF in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ ru:f ]

The plural can be pronounced /ru:fs/ or /ru:vz/.

( roofs)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


The roof of a building is the covering on top of it that protects the people and things inside from the weather.

...a small stone cottage with a red slate roof...



The roof of a car or other vehicle is the top part of it, which protects passengers or goods from the weather.

The car rolled onto its roof, trapping him.



The roof of your mouth is the highest part of the inside of your mouth.

She clicked her tongue against the roof of her mouth.

N-COUNT : the N of n


If the level of something such as the price of a product or the rate of inflation goes through the roof , it suddenly increases very rapidly indeed. ( INFORMAL )

Prices for Korean art have gone through the roof.

PHRASE : V inflects


If you hit the roof or go through the roof , you become very angry indeed, and usually show your anger by shouting at someone. ( INFORMAL )

Sergeant Long will hit the roof when I tell him you’ve gone off.

PHRASE : V inflects


If a group of people inside a building raise the roof , they make a very loud noise, for example by singing or shouting.

He raised the roof at the conference when he sang his own version of the socialist anthem, The Red Flag.

PHRASE : V inflects


If a number of things or people are under one roof or under the same roof , they are in the same building.

The firms intend to open either together under one roof or alongside each other in shopping malls...

PHRASE : PHR after v , v-link PHR

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