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host

  
[1]  
      n  
1    a person who receives or entertains guests, esp. in his own home  
2   
a    a country or organization which provides facilities for and receives visitors to an event  
b    (as modifier)  
the host nation     
3    the compere of a show or television programme  
4      (Biology)  
a    an animal or plant that nourishes and supports a parasite  
b    an animal, esp. an embryo, into which tissue is experimentally grafted  
5      (Computing)   a computer connected to a network and providing facilities to other computers and their users  
6    the owner or manager of an inn  
      vb  
7    to be the host of (a party, programme, etc.)  
to host one's own show     
8    tr     (U.S.)  
informal   to leave (a restaurant) without paying the bill  
     (C13: from French hoste, from Latin hospes guest, foreigner, from hostis enemy)  
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n.
to support your family
exp.
expression meaning that several or all members of a family have something in common (a skill, a feature, a path or a behavior)
E.g.: He became an actor too. It runs in the family.
n.
A social club started at Port Royal by Samuel de Champlain to help pass the long and cold winter nights. Each person took turns being host for an evening and serving his fellow man.
exp.
A small business that is typically owned and run by members of a family
n.
parent whose children no longer live in the family home
exp.
be/not be interested in getting married and having a family

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