room (rm, rm)
1. A space that is or may be occupied: That easy chair takes up too much room.
a. An area separated by walls or partitions from other similar parts of the structure or building in which it is located: the first room on the left; an unpainted room.
b. The people present in such an area: The whole room laughed.
3. rooms Living quarters; lodgings.
4. Suitable opportunity or scope: room for doubt.
intr.v. roomed, room·ing, rooms
To occupy a room; lodge.
[Middle English roum, from Old English rūm; see reuə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: room, elbowroom, latitude, leeway, margin, scope
These nouns denote adequate allowance or opportunity for freedom of action: room for improvement; needed elbowroom to negotiate effectively; no latitude allowed in conduct; allowed the chef leeway in choosing the menu; no margin for error; permitting their talents free scope.
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