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HOST

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Host mean? 

HOST (noun)
  The noun HOST has 10 senses:

1. a person who invites guests to a social event (such as a party in his or her own home) and who is responsible for them while they are there
2. a vast multitude
3. an animal or plant that nourishes and supports a parasite; it does not benefit and is often harmed by the association
4. a person who acts as host at formal occasions (makes an introductory speech and introduces other speakers)
5. archaic terms for army
6. any organization that provides resources and facilities for a function or event
7. (medicine) recipient of transplanted tissue or organ from a donor
8. the owner or manager of an inn
9. a technical name for the bread used in the service of Mass or Holy Communion
10. (computer science) a computer that provides client stations with access to files and printers as shared resources to a computer network

  Familiarity information: HOST used as a noun is familiar.


HOST (verb)
  The verb HOST has 1 sense:

1. be the host of or for

  Familiarity information: HOST used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


HOST (noun)


Sense 1host [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who invites guests to a social event (such as a party in his or her own home) and who is responsible for them while they are there

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("host" is a kind of...):

adult; grownup (a fully developed person from maturity onward)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "host"):

hostess (a woman host)


Sense 2host [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A vast multitude

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

horde; host; legion

Hypernyms ("host" is a kind of...):

concourse; multitude; throng (a large gathering of people)


Sense 3host [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An animal or plant that nourishes and supports a parasite; it does not benefit and is often harmed by the association

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("host" is a kind of...):

being; organism (a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "host"):

intermediate host (a host that is used by a parasite in the course of its life cycle)

definitive host (the host in which the sexual reproduction of a parasite takes place)

Antonym:

parasite (an animal or plant that lives in or on a host (another animal or plant); it obtains nourishment from the host without benefiting or killing the host)


Sense 4host [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who acts as host at formal occasions (makes an introductory speech and introduces other speakers)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

emcee; master of ceremonies; host

Hypernyms ("host" is a kind of...):

entertainer (a person who tries to please or amuse)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "host"):

symposiarch; toastmaster (the person who proposes toasts and introduces speakers at a banquet)

ringmaster (the person in charge of performances in a circus ring)

question master; quizmaster (the host or chairman of a radio or tv quiz show or panel game)

Lord of Misrule (a person appointed master of revels at a Christmas celebration)

compere (British term for someone who introduces television acts or cabarets etc)

Instance hyponyms:

Ed Sullivan; Edward Vincent Sullivan; Sullivan (United States host on a well known television variety show (1902-1974))


Sense 5host [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Archaic terms for army

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

legion; host

Hypernyms ("host" is a kind of...):

army; ground forces; regular army (a permanent organization of the military land forces of a nation or state)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "host"):

Roman Legion (a division of from 3000 to 6000 men (including cavalry) in the Roman army)

Sabaoth ((plural) hosts or armies; used in the book of Romans in the New Testament)


Sense 6host [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any organization that provides resources and facilities for a function or event

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Context example:

Atlanta was chosen to be host for the Olympic Games

Hypernyms ("host" is a kind of...):

organisation; organization (a group of people who work together)


Sense 7host [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(medicine) recipient of transplanted tissue or organ from a donor

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("host" is a kind of...):

receiver; recipient (a person who gets something)

Domain category:

medical specialty; medicine (the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques)


Sense 8host [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The owner or manager of an inn

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

innkeeper; boniface; host

Hypernyms ("host" is a kind of...):

patron (the proprietor of an inn)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "host"):

victualer; victualler (an innkeeper (especially British))

padrone (an owner or proprietor of an inn in Italy)

hostess (a woman innkeeper)


Sense 9Host [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A technical name for the bread used in the service of Mass or Holy Communion

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Hypernyms ("Host" is a kind of...):

bread; breadstuff; staff of life (food made from dough of flour or meal and usually raised with yeast or baking powder and then baked)


Sense 10host [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(computer science) a computer that provides client stations with access to files and printers as shared resources to a computer network

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

server; host

Hypernyms ("host" is a kind of...):

computer; computing device; computing machine; data processor; electronic computer; information processing system (a machine for performing calculations automatically)

Domain category:

computer science; computing (the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures)

Holonyms ("host" is a part of...):

computer network ((computer science) a network of computers)


HOST (verb)


Sense 1host [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be the host of or for

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Context example:

We hosted 4 couples last night

Hypernyms (to "host" is one way to...):

entertain (provide entertainment for)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "host"):

banquet; feast; junket (provide a feast or banquet for)

wine and dine (provide with food and drink, usually lavishly)

compere; emcee (act as a master of ceremonies)

do the honors (act as the host and receive or introduce one's guests)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Sam cannot host Sue


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