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English noun: host

1. host (person) 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

Broader (hypernym)adult, grownup

Narrower (hyponym)hostess

2. host (group) a vast multitude

Synonymshorde, legion

Broader (hypernym)concourse, multitude, throng

3. host (animal) an animal or plant that nourishes and supports a parasite; it does not benefit and is often harmed by the association

Broader (hypernym)being, organism

Narrower (hyponym)definitive host, intermediate host


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

Synonymsemcee, master of ceremonies

Broader (hypernym)entertainer

Narrower (hyponym)compere, Lord of Misrule, question master, quizmaster, ringmaster, symposiarch, toastmaster

Instance hyponymEd Sullivan, Edward Vincent Sullivan, Sullivan

5. host (group) archaic terms for army


Broader (hypernym)army, ground forces, regular army

Narrower (hyponym)Roman Legion, Sabaoth

6. host (group) any organization that provides resources and facilities for a function or event

SamplesAtlanta was chosen to be host for the Olympic Games.

Broader (hypernym)organisation, organization

7. host (person) (medicine) recipient of transplanted tissue or organ from a donor

Broader (hypernym)receiver, recipient

Domain categorymedical specialty, medicine

8. host (person) the owner or manager of an inn

Synonymsboniface, innkeeper

Broader (hypernym)patron

Narrower (hyponym)hostess, padrone, victualer, victualler

9. Host (food) a technical name for the bread used in the service of Mass or Holy Communion

Broader (hypernym)bread, breadstuff, staff of life

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


Broader (hypernym)computer, computing device, computing machine, data processor, electronic computer, information processing system

Part meronymcomputer network

Domain categorycomputer science, computing

English verb: host

1. host (consumption) be the host of or for

SamplesWe hosted 4 couples last night.

ExamplesSam cannot host Sue

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)entertain

Narrower (hyponym)banquet, compere, do the honors, emcee, feast, junket, wine and dine

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