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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 habituated
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  • He would not come of his own accord at first, but by-and-by he got habituated to me, and not unfrequently strolled in.

  • Of course, these remarks apply only to those not habituated to long fasts.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • But mark what happens to a man, who drinks a quart of wine or of ale, if he has not been habituated to it.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I Erasmus Darwin
  • She had become so habituated to his presence that she was quite at her ease, and treated him as a comrade.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • The character of my mother was no less devout; but her education had habituated her to a different mode of worship.

    Wieland; or The Transformation Charles Brockden Brown
  • She should be strong, too, habituated to physical hardship, as our Western girls are.

    The Candidate Joseph Alexander Altsheler
  • Besides these philosophers, thousands of wise men amongst the Greeks, ancient and modern, habituated themselves to travel.

  • But these Uri cannot be habituated to man or made tractable, not even when young.

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood
  • habituated from youth up to motley associations, he required noise and light and laughter.

    The Song of Songs Hermann Sudermann
  • So limited is nature, or at least that part of it to which we are most habituated.

    Novum Organum Francis Bacon
British Dictionary definitions for habituated


to accustom; make used (to)
(US & 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
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habituated 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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