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The Definition of - host (verb)

    noun
    1.
    a person who receives or entertains guests at home or elsewhere:
    the host at a theater party.
    2.
    a master of ceremonies, moderator, or interviewer for a television or radio program.
    3.
    a person, place, company, or the like, that provides services, resources, etc., as for a convention or sporting event:
    Our city would like to serve as host for the next Winter Olympics.
    4.
    the landlord of an inn.
    5.
    a living animal or plant from which a parasite obtains nutrition.
    6.
    Surgery. the recipient of a graft.
    Compare donor (def 2).
    verb (used with object)
    7.
    to be the host at (a dinner, reception, etc.):
    He hosted a reception for new members.
    8.
    to act as host to:
    The vice president hosted the foreign dignitaries during their visit.
    9.
    to act as master of ceremonies, moderator, or interviewer for:
    to host a popular talk show.
    verb (used without object)
    10.
    to perform the duties or functions of a host.

Word Example of - host

    Example Sentences for host

    They had reached us while our host was down, even while my fist was still clenched.

    Now they dreaded lest their host should show himself a little mad, after all.

    The host had no horses and no carriage, nor would he have until the following morning.

    Its habits are not known, other than that it is found in the nests of its host.

    Senator Foraker was one man, but Senator Foraker was a host in himself.

    The female attaches her eggs to the hairs or feathers of her host.

    All looked up to the end of the table, where their host had broken a glass.

    “Yes, I can,” reiterated Stephen, delighted to have astonished his host.

    She relieved the situation of its cold-toned strain in adding: 'He is a host.'

    I was brought up to believe that the host, when there is a host, should pay his bill.

Word Origin & History of - host

    Word Origin & History

    host "person who receives guests," late 13c., from O.Fr. hoste "guest, host" (12c.), from L. hospitem (nom. hospes) "guest, host," lit. "lord of strangers," from PIE *ghostis- "stranger" (cf. O.C.S. gospodi "lord, master," Goth. gasts, O.E. gæst "guest"). The biological sense of "animal or plant having a parasite" is from 1857. The verb is early 15c., from the noun. Hostess is attested from late 13c.

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