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[huh-bich-oo-eyt] /həˈbɪtʃ uˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), habituated, habituating.
to accustom (a person, the mind, etc.), as to a particular situation:
Wealth habituated him to luxury.
Archaic. to frequent.
verb (used without object), habituated, habituating.
to cause habituation, physiologically or psychologically.
Origin of habituate
1520-30; < Late Latin habituātus conditioned, constituted, (past participle of habituāre), equivalent to habitu(s) habit1 + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
unhabituated, adjective
1. familiarize, acclimate, train. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for habituate
Historical Examples
  • Again, at a reperusal, he informed her: "I must habituate myself."

  • These occupations render them robust, and habituate them to fatigue.

    Austria Frederick Shoberl
  • It is very shy in its nature, and cannot habituate itself to captivity.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • Neither did waiting seem to habituate her vision to the lack of light.

    Red Masquerade Louis Joseph Vance
  • He wished, so he wrote, to habituate me to habits of good order and economy, and keep me from the commission of follies.

    The Widow Lerouge Emile Gaboriau
  • I felt that all my philosophy was needed, to reconcile and habituate myself to my altered circumstances.

  • To resign oneself, to habituate oneself to the course of the world which passes so changingly.

    Some Noble Sisters Edmund Lee
  • They are inured to labour, and to which they habituate their horses, allowing them refreshment but once in twenty-four hours.

    Buffon's Natural History. Volume IV (of 10) Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
  • Shall we arm citizens against citizens, and habituate them to shed kindred blood?

  • She likewise endeavored from the first to habituate the boy's mind to reflect upon the value of money and the uses of economy.

    Sword and Pen

    John Algernon Owens
British Dictionary definitions for habituate


to accustom; make used (to)
(US & Canadian, archaic) to frequent
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Word Origin and History for habituate

1520s, from Latin habituatus, past participle of habituare "to bring into a condition or habit of the body," from habitus (see habit (n.)). Related: Habituated; habituating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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habituate in Medicine

habituate ha·bit·u·ate (hə-bĭch'ōō-āt')
v. ha·bit·u·at·ed, ha·bit·u·at·ing, ha·bit·u·ates

  1. To accustom by frequent repetition or prolonged exposure.

  2. To cause physiological or psychological habituation, as to a drug.

  3. To experience psychological habituation.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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