- 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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1. familiarize, acclimate, train.
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Examples from the Web for habituated
He still held his big voice to a softer modulation than that to which it was habituated.Within the Law
She had become so habituated to his presence that she was quite at her ease, and treated him as a comrade.The Dream
Those who are habituated to the—ha—Marshalsea, are pleased to call me its father.Little Dorrit
And to this same practice he has habituated those about him.Hellenica
Of course, these remarks apply only to those not habituated to long fasts.The War Trail
- to accustom; make used (to)
- US and Canadian archaic to frequent
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Word Origin and History for habituated
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
- To accustom by frequent repetition or prolonged exposure.
- To cause physiological or psychological habituation, as to a drug.
- To experience psychological habituation.
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