1 residence, dwelling, dwelling-place, home, abode, household, homestead, domicile, lodging(s), quarters, building, edifice:
We are playing bridge at my house next Saturday.
2 family, line, lineage, dynasty, clan, ancestry, strain, race, blood, descendants, forebears:
She is a member of the royal house of Sweden.
3 legislature, legislative body, congress, parliament, assembly, council, diet:
Both houses of the legislature passed the bill.
4 establishment, firm, concern, company, business, organization, enterprise, undertaking, Colloq outfit:
He has gone from one publishing house to another with his manuscript.
5 auditorium, theatre, concert-hall:
6 house of ill repute or ill fame or prostitution, brothel, whore-house, bagnio, bordello, Archaic bawdy-house, Colloq sporting house, crib, Slang US cat-house:
She used to run a house in Lambeth.
7 on the house. free, gratis, for nothing, as a gift:
Drinks will be on the house tonight to celebrate the tenth anniversary of our opening.
8 shelter, accommodate, domicile, lodge, quarter, put up, take in, board, billet, harbour:
We have housed as many as ten people at a time in the cottage.
9 contain, accommodate, quarter:
This building houses our computer operations.
1 building that is made for one family to live in
beautiful, comfortable, delightful, elegant, fine, grand, handsome, lovely, luxurious, magnificent, posh, pretty, splendid | dream
They built their own dream house overlooking the river.
| depressing, dingy, gloomy, ugly | derelict, dilapidated, ramshackle, shabby, untidy | detached, semi-detached, terrace/terraced | big, enormous, gigantic, huge, large, palatial, spacious | rambling
It was easy to get lost in the rambling house.
| little, modest, small, tiny
They lived in a modest semi-detached house in the suburbs.
| single-storey, single-storeyed, two-storey, etc. | four-bedroom, four-bedroomed, eight-room, eight-roomed, etc. | gabled, half-timbered, red-brick, thatched | exclusive, expensive | private | council
(= rented from the local council)
| rented | empty, unoccupied, vacant | country, suburban, town | great, manor, mansion
The great house stood on the edge of the village.
ranch | ancestral | communal | summer | tree | halfway, safe
a halfway house for prisoners returning to society The police provided a safe house for the informer.
VERB + HOUSE
live in, occupy
a house occupied by students
She shares a house with three other nurses.
| buy, rent | sell | let (out)
We let out our house when we moved to America.
Their house was repossessed when they couldn't keep up their mortgage payments.
| move, move into, move out of
It's stressful moving house.
| set up
They want to set up house together
She kept house (= cooked, cleaned, etc.)for her elderly parents.
| play (at)
The children were playing house, giving dinner to their teddies.
| build | demolish, knock down, tear down | maintain | decorate, do up, redecorate, refurbish, renovate
They bought a dilapidated house when they got married, and are gradually doing it up.
| furnish | insulate, rewire | extend
We're hoping to extend the house.
HOUSE + VERB
be situated, lie, stand
The house stood a short distance from the wood.
| face sth, overlook sth
The house faces south, making the most of the sun. houses overlooking the park
The house loomed over him as he waited at the front door.
| be worth sth | collapse, fall down | burn down, catch fire | come into view
HOUSE + NOUN
agent | buyer, owner
The bank offers attractive rates to first-time house buyers.
| tenant | building, construction | decoration, improvement, renovation, repairs | builder, decorator, painter | contents | design, plan, planning | hunting | move
They helped us with our house move.
| prices, rents, values | purchase | sales | mortgage | insurance | repossession | front, interior | number | keys | guest | call
In the morning, the doctor makes house calls.
The former dictator is under house arrest in his country mansion.
| dust | blaze, fire | party, -warming
They've moved house and have invited us to their house-warming on Saturday.
He's happy being a house husband while his wife goes out to work.
| plant | fly, mouse, sparrow, etc.
at sb's/the ~
I finally tracked him down at his house in London.
| from ~ to ~
She went from house to house collecting signatures for her campaign.
| in a/the ~
It was so hot outside we stayed in the house.
Police are making house-to-house enquiries following the discovery of the body.
2 all the people who live in one house
VERB + HOUSE
You'll wake up the whole house with that noise.
3 in a theatre/cinema
empty | full, packed
VERB + HOUSE
They played to a packed house.
HOUSE + NOUN
lights | manager
bring the house down
(= please the audience very much),
(= the parts of a theatre used by the audience)the front-of-house staff verb
At no time in the 19th century were the working classes adequately housed.
| badly, inadequately
The losers in this society are the old, the sick, the jobless, the homeless and badly housed.
The fish can be temporarily housed in a smaller aquarium.
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