- 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 inhabitation
No instrument has yet been constructed that will reveal the slightest vestige of inhabitation.Moon Lore
And is the spirit of the inhabitation there worthy of the place inhabited?
Other signs of inhabitation can be traced elsewhere in this district, as yet unexplored.Ancient Town-Planning
To the same origin he refers , ; and also the , the harvest feast of Thessaly, taken as the feast of inhabitation or settlement.Studies on Homer and the Homeric Age, Vol. 1 of 3
W. E. Gladstone
They left the room with the lights against the wall, and the firelight giving it a faux air of warmth and inhabitation.The Ladies Lindores, Vol. 2(of 3)
- (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 inhabitation
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