- to live or dwell in (a place), as people or animals: Small animals inhabited the woods.
- to exist or be situated within; dwell in: Weird notions inhabit his mind.
- Archaic. to live or dwell, as in a place.
Origin of inhabit
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1, 2. reside, occupy, tenant, populate.
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Examples from the Web for inhabit
Actors can inhabit the person through the sheer force of their assimilation.Why Can’t Movies Capture Genius?
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The Universe we inhabit seems to be four-dimensional: the three dimensions of height, length, and depth, along with time.Is the Cosmos Just a Big Hologram?
Matthew R. Francis
August 31, 2014
To try to do your best to inhabit a character, you judge them to the extent that you judge yourself.Scandal’s Most Scandalous Character: Jeff Perry on Playing Cyrus
February 28, 2014
Enter the beautifully vacated house … and inhabit its luxurious interiors.Seduced by Art & Beauty ‘At the House of Mr X’
January 17, 2014
Theirs is a different planet from the one you and I inhabit.The Coming Attempt to Impeach Obama
May 12, 2013
This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it.
Some affirm that they inhabit now on one side of the river, now on another.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
They have no house to inhabit, no land to cultivate, nor any domestic charge or care.
They inhabit not much territory upon the Rhine, but possess an island in it.
To inhabit flesh is no paradise, but it is a means of regaining heaven.The Prodigal Returns
- (tr) to live or dwell in; occupy
- (intr) archaic to abide or dwell
C14: from Latin inhabitāre, from habitāre to dwell
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Word Origin and History for inhabit
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