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homesteading

[hohm-sted-ing]
noun
1.
an act or instance of establishing a homestead.
2.
a federal program to improve deteriorating urban areas by offering abandoned or foreclosed houses to persons who agree to repair them and live in them for a specified number of years.
Also called homesteading program, urban homesteading.


Origin:
1890–95, for earlier sense “homestead”; homestead + -ing1

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homesteading (ˈhəʊmˌstɛdɪŋ)
 
n
a.  a scheme whereby council tenants are enabled to buy derelict property from the council and renovate it with the aid of Government grants
 b.  (as modifier): a homesteading scheme

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homestead
O.E. hamstede "home, town, village," from home + stead (q.v.). In U.S. usage, "a lot of land adequate for the maintenance of a family" (1693), defined by the Homestead Act of 1862 as 160 acres. Hence, the verb, first recorded 1872. Homesteader also is from 1872.
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