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habituate

[huh-bich-oo-eyt] /həˈbɪtʃ uˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), habituated, habituating.
1.
to accustom (a person, the mind, etc.), as to a particular situation:
Wealth habituated him to luxury.
2.
Archaic. to frequent.
verb (used without object), habituated, habituating.
3.
to cause habituation, physiologically or psychologically.
Origin of habituate
1520-1530
1520-30; < Late Latin habituātus conditioned, constituted, (past participle of habituāre), equivalent to habitu(s) habit1 + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
unhabituated, adjective
Synonyms
1. familiarize, acclimate, train.
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Examples from the Web for habituated
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  • He still held his big voice to a softer modulation than that to which it was habituated.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • 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
  • Those who are habituated to the—ha—Marshalsea, are pleased to call me its father.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • And to this same practice he has habituated those about him.

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

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • Cicero was now habituated to that fear, and was willing to face it.

    The Life of Cicero Anthony Trollope
  • habituated only to the smiles of my father, how could I support his frowns?

    Alonzo and Melissa Daniel Jackson, Jr.
  • She should be strong, too, habituated to physical hardship, as our Western girls are.

    The Candidate Joseph Alexander Altsheler
  • But these Uri cannot be habituated to man or made tractable, not even when young.

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood
  • He, however, was habituated to her ways and went on talking.

    Overlooked Maurice Baring
British Dictionary definitions for habituated

habituate

/həˈbɪtjʊˌeɪt/
verb
1.
to accustom; make used (to)
2.
(US & Canadian, archaic) to frequent
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Word Origin and History for habituated

habituate

v.

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.

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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.

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