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1. As an adverb, home has many idiomatic uses as in come home and go home, see someone home, drive a nail (or point) home, etc. When the meaning is ‘in his or her home’ the British preference is to use at home (He stayed at home / Are they at home?) whereas AmE prefers home by itself (He stayed home / Are they home?).
2. As a noun, home means ‘the place where one lives’, and when referring to the building is distinguished from house in designating residential function as well as physical existence:

• The well secured home probably includes an entryphone, grilles,…and an alarm —Financial Times, 1982.

It is usual to say in the privacy of one's own home rather than one's own house, and estate agents tend to prefer home as having a more personal sound. In AmE, home is used much more freely where in BrE house would be used:

• In Beverly Hills and Bel Air, we saw the homes (never called houses) of Jane Withers, Greer Garson, and Barbra Streisand —Guardian, 1973.

3. As a verb, used chiefly of pigeons and in the phrasal verb home in on, home has inflections homed, homing.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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