House vs house

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House and house  are two words that are spelled identically but are pronounced differently and have different meanings, which makes them heteronyms. We will examine the definitions of the words house and house, where these words came from, and a few examples of their use in sentences. 

House (howss) means a place where people live, a family dynasty, a shelter, a religious institution, or a deliberative body. House is used as a noun or an adjective; the plural form is houses. The word house is derived from the Old English word, hus, which means dwelling place.

House (howz) means to provide shelter, refuge, a place to live, or simply a space. House is a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object; related words are houses, housed, housing. The word house is derived from the Old English word, husian, which means to enclose in a dwelling place.


For most, if not all of us, buying a house is the largest financial commitment we might ever make. (Tacoma Daily Index)

The Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives is expected on Tuesday to give final approval to a Senate-passed bill temporarily raising the government’s borrowing limit to $28.9 trillion, putting off the risk of default until early December. (Reuters)

Information about the ongoing affair of refugees being housed in the county is still unclear for leaders in Fairfax. (Fairfax Times)

On Tuesday, the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC), which is implementing the Metro-3 (Colaba-Bandra-Seepz), said that 9,750 workers have been housed at 51 sites. (Hindustan Times)