housing hous‧ing [ˈhaʊzɪŋ] noun
1. [uncountable] PROPERTY the houses or conditions that people live in:

• the link between poor housing and health

• The smartest new housing developments in Malaysia often come with golf courses attached.

• Falling prices in the housing market have made lenders more cautious.

• a housing boom (= when a lot of people are buying and selling houses and prices are rising )

ˌpublic ˈhousing [uncountable] PROPERTY
housing built by the government, usually for people with low incomes:

• Chicago Housing Authority is cleaning up public housing projects (= groups of buildings ) by throwing out people who are caught with drugs.

2. [uncountable] the work of providing people with houses to live in:

• More money had been made available for health, housing, and education.

3. [countable] a cover that protects a machine or part of a machine:

• a catalytic converter housing

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housing UK US /ˈhaʊzɪŋ/ noun
[U] PROPERTY buildings for people to live in, used especially when talking about their price or condition: provide/build housing »

There was a need to provide housing for workers in the new industries.

rented/private housing »

55% of respondents live in rented housing and 30% are owner-occupiers.

affordable/cheap/low-cost housing »

Lack of access to affordable housing is a problem for young people in the area.

[U] PROPERTY the process of providing places for people to live: »

The post will suit someone who is currently working in housing or urban planning.


a housing committee/department/officer

[C] a hard cover used to protect a vehicle or machine: »

The rotary engine housing prevents scuffing.

See also SOCIAL HOUSING(Cf. ↑social housing)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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