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NOUN:
  1. A house, especially a farmhouse, with adjoining buildings and land.
  2. Law Property designated by a householder as the householder's home and protected by law from forced sale to meet debts.
  3. Land claimed by a settler or squatter, especially under the Homestead Act.
  4. The place where one's home is.
VERB:
home·stead·ed, home·stead·ing, home·steads
VERB:
intr.
To settle and farm land, especially under the Homestead Act.
VERB:
tr.
To claim and settle (land) as a homestead.


OTHER FORMS:
homesteader(Noun)


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