Meaning of ROOM in English


n. & v.


1. a space that is or might be occupied by something; capaciousness or ability to accommodate contents (it takes up too much room; there is plenty of room; we have no room here for idlers). b space in or on (houseroom; shelf-room).

2 a a part of a building enclosed by walls or partitions, floor and ceiling. b (in pl.) a set of these occupied by a person or family; apartments or lodgings. c persons present in a room (the room fell silent).

3 (in comb.) a room or area for a specified purpose (auction-room).

4 (foll. by for, or to + infin.) opportunity or scope (room to improve things; no room for dispute).

--v.intr. US have a room or rooms; lodge, board.

Phrases and idioms:

make room (often foll. by for) clear a space (for a person or thing) by removal of others; make way, yield place. not (or no) room to swing a cat a very confined space. rooming-house a lodging house. room-mate a person occupying the same room as another. room service (in a hotel etc.) service of food or drink taken to a guest's room.


-roomed adj. (in comb.). roomful n. (pl. -fuls).

Etymology: OE rum f. Gmc

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.