- to accustom (a person, the mind, etc.), as to a particular situation: Wealth habituated him to luxury.
- Archaic. to frequent.
- to cause habituation, physiologically or psychologically.
Origin of habituate
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Examples from the Web for habituate
Again, at a reperusal, he informed her: "I must habituate myself."The Short Works of George Meredith
These occupations render them robust, and habituate them to fatigue.Austria
It is very shy in its nature, and cannot habituate itself to captivity.Reptiles and Birds
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
- to accustom; make used (to)
- US and Canadian archaic to frequent
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.
- To accustom by frequent repetition or prolonged exposure.
- To cause physiological or psychological habituation, as to a drug.
- To experience psychological habituation.