Pronunciation: (hōst), [key]
1. a person who receives or entertains guests at home or elsewhere: the host at a theater party.
2. a master of ceremonies, moderator, or interviewer for a television or radio program.
3. a person, place, company, or the like, that provides services, resources, etc., as for a convention or sporting event: Our city would like to serve as host for the next Winter Olympics.
4. the landlord of an inn.
5. a living animal or plant from which a parasite obtains nutrition.
6. Surg.the recipient of a graft. Cf. donor (def. 2).

1. to be the host at (a dinner, reception, etc.): He hosted a reception for new members.
2. to act as host to: The vice president hosted the foreign dignitaries during their visit.
3. to act as master of ceremonies, moderator, or interviewer for: to host a popular talk show.

to perform the duties or functions of a host.


Pronunciation: (hōst), [key]
1. a multitude or great number of persons or things: a host of details.
2. an army.


Pronunciation: (hōst), [key]
n. Eccles.
the bread or wafer consecrated in the celebration of the Eucharist.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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