host ( hosts plural & 3rd person present) ( hosting present participle) ( hosted past tense & past participle )
1 n-count The host at a party is the person who has invited the guests and provides the food, drink, or entertainment.
Apart from my host, I didn't know a single person there...
2 verb If someone hosts a party, dinner, or other function, they have invited the guests and provide the food, drink, or entertainment.
Tonight she hosts a ball for 300 guests. V n
3 n-count A country, city, or organization that is the host of an event provides the facilities for that event to take place.
oft N n
Barcelona was chosen to be host of the 1992 Olympic games.
4 verb If a country, city, or organization hosts an event, they provide the facilities for the event to take place.
Cannes hosts the annual film festival. V n
5 If a person or country plays host to an event or an important visitor, they host the event or the visit.
play host to sth/sb phrase V inflects
The Prime Minister played host to French Premier Jacques Chirac.
6 n-count The host of a radio or television show is the person who introduces it and talks to the people who appear in it.
usu with supp
I am host of a live radio programme.
7 verb The person who hosts a radio or television show introduces it and talks to the people who appear in it.
She also hosts a show on St Petersburg Radio. V n
8 quant A hostof things is a lot of them.
A host of problems may delay the opening of the Channel Tunnel...
9 n-count A host or a host computer is the main computer in a network of computers, which controls the most important files and programs.
oft N n
10 n-count The host of a parasite is the plant or animal which it lives on or inside and from which it gets its food. (TECHNICAL) oft N n
When the eggs hatch the larvae eat the living flesh of the host animal.
11 n-count TheHost is the bread which is used to represent the body of Christ in Christian church services such as Holy Communion. (TECHNICAL) usu sing, the N