room1 W1S1 [ru:m, rum] n
1¦(in a building)¦
4 there's room for improvement
5 there's not enough room to swing a cat
[: Old English; Origin: rum]
a part of the inside of a building that has its own walls, floor, and ceiling
I looked around the room.
She nodded toward a man who was standing across the room (=on the other side of the room) .
Someone was laughing in the next room (=the one beside the one you are in) .
sb's room
(=someone's bedroom)
Beth, it's time to clean up your room.
bathroom/dining room/meeting room etc
the doctor's waiting room
one-room(ed)/two-room(ed) etc
a three-room apartment
single/double room
(=a room in a hotel for one person or for two)
I'd like to book a double room for two nights.
Here's your key - room 348.
2.) ¦(SPACE)¦[U]
space somewhere for a particular thing, person, or activity
room in
I hope there's going to be enough room in the fridge.
room for
My suitcase was so full I didn't have room for anything else.
room to do sth
The museum doesn't have enough room to show everything in their collection.
plenty of room/enough room
There's plenty of room in the boot for your luggage.
I'm trying to make room for a vegetable garden in the backyard.
Step back, leave room for people to get past.
The old wardrobe took up too much room .
(=space for your legs or head in a vehicle)
elbow-room atelbow1 (5)
the chance to do something, or the possibility that something exists or can happen
room for
There's little room for innovation.
room for doubt/debate/argument etc
The evidence was clear, and there was little room for doubt.
room for manoeuvre
BrE /room for maneuver
AmE (=the possibility of changing what you do or decide)
Teachers feel they have little room for manoeuvre when the curriculum is so demanding.
room to do sth
Children need to have room to develop their natural creativity.
Make room in your day for exercise.
4.) there's room for improvement
used to say that something is not perfect and needs to be improved
The report shows that there is room for improvement.
5.) there's not enough room to swing a cat
used humorously to say that an area or room is not very big
rooms [plural] old-fashioned especially BrE two or more rooms that you rent in a building, or stay in at a college
7.) ¦(PEOPLE)¦ [singular]
all the people in a room
The whole room started singing 'Happy Birthday'.
room 2
room2 v [i]AmE
to rent and live in a room somewhere
room with [room with sb] phr v
to share a room or house with someone, especially at college
I roomed with Al at UCSD.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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  • Room — (r[=oo]m), n. [OE. roum, rum, space, AS. r[=u]m; akin to OS., OFries. & Icel. r[=u]m, D. ruim, G. raum, OHG. r[=u]m, Sw. & Dan. rum, Goth. r[=u]ms, and to AS. r[=u]m, adj., spacious, D. ruim, Icel. r[=u]mr, Goth. r[=u]ms; and prob. to L. rus… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • room — n 1 Room, chamber, apartment all denote space in a building enclosed or set apart by a partition. Room is the word in ordinary use. Chamber is somewhat elevated; it is used chiefly of a private room, especially of a bedroom on an upper floor… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Room 40 — (englisch für Zimmer 40) war während des Ersten Weltkriegs eine nachrichtendienstliche Abteilung der britischen Admiralität. Die Codeknacker von Room 40 befassten sich mit der Entzifferung geheimer Nachrichten des Deutschen Reichs. Die… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • room — [ro͞om, room] n. [ME roum < OE rum, akin to ON, OHG < IE base * rewe , to open, room > L rus, land] 1. space, esp. enough space, to contain something or in which to do something [room for one more, room to move around in] 2. suitable… …   English World dictionary

  • room — ► NOUN 1) space viewed in terms of its capacity to accommodate contents or allow action: there was no room to move. 2) opportunity or scope: room for improvement. 3) a part of a building enclosed by walls, floor, and ceiling. 4) (rooms) a set of… …   English terms dictionary

  • Room — Room, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Roomed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Rooming}.] To occupy a room or rooms; to lodge; as, they arranged to room together. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • room|y — «ROO mee, RUM ee», adjective, room|i|er, room|i|est. having plenty of room; large; spacious: »a roomy house …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Room — Room, a. [AS. r[=u]m.] Spacious; roomy. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] No roomer harbour in the place. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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