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[rez-i-duh ns] /ˈrɛz ɪ dəns/
the place, especially the house, in which a person lives or resides; dwelling place; home:
Their residence is in New York City.
a structure serving as a dwelling or home, especially one of large proportion and superior quality:
They have a summer residence in Connecticut.
the act or fact of residing:
during his residence in Spain.
the act of living or staying in a specified place while performing official duties, carrying on studies or research, awaiting a divorce, etc.
the time during which a person resides in a place:
a residence there of five years.
the location of the main offices or principal center of business activity of a commercial enterprise, especially a large corporation, as registered under law.
Chemistry, residence time.
Origin of residence
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin residentia, equivalent to Latin resid(ēre) to reside + -entia -ence
1. habitation, domicile. 1, 2. See house. 2. mansion. 5. stay, abode, sojourn. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for residence
  • There's usually some friendly banter if the customs official has been near my birthplace or place of residence.
  • residence time is the amount of time a water molecule spends in one place in the water cycle.
  • While physical presence is preferred, candidates interested in telecommuting from their place of residence are welcome to apply.
  • She said she was never told that her place of residence would be a factor in the tenure decision.
  • In theory, the landlord gets control of a rent-controlled apartment once its occupant establishes a primary residence elsewhere.
  • Along with existing residence halls, the two new three-story buildings create a quad anchoring the northeast corner of the campus.
  • Governments and universities everywhere should compete to attract qualified students, regardless of nationality or residence.
  • The new owners will have the option to take over the lease, but they won't move the system to a new residence.
  • Please remember to include your full name and city and state of residence.
  • Water wasn't as plentiful then, plus people usually spent only a few weeks in residence.
British Dictionary definitions for residence


the place in which one resides; abode or home
a large imposing house; mansion
the fact of residing in a place or a period of residing
the official house of the governor of any of various countries
the state of being officially present
in residence
  1. actually resident: the royal standard indicates that the Queen is in residence
  2. designating a creative artist resident for a set period at a university, college, etc, whose role is to stimulate an active interest in the subject: composer in residence
the seat of some inherent quality, characteristic, etc
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Word Origin and History for residence

late 14c., "act of dwelling; dwelling place," from Old French residence, from Medieval Latin residentia, from Latin residentem (nominative residens) "residing, dwelling," present participle of residere "reside" (see reside). Also borrowed into German (Residenz), Dutch (residentie).

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residence in Medicine

residence res·i·dence (rěz'ĭ-dəns, -děns')
A medical residency.

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