- 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 inhabits
But from the moment she takes the stage in a glittering white dress, McDonald inhabits the role.
From the moment she takes the stage in a glittering white dress, McDonald inhabits the role.
It has to have its own particular history and world that it inhabits.Amy Tan: How I Write
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Robert Miller inhabits a world in which money is thrown around in huge chunks.In ‘Arbitrage,’ Richard Gere Shows How the Price Is Right
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The most plausible explanation is that Gingrich inhabits a cultural and intellectual bubble.Insulting Comments at Fox News Debate Show Newt Clueless on Black Americans
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You are never to step your foot again upon the land which she inhabits.
Some sort of giant parasite that inhabits the shells of other fish.
When we see those whom it inhabits, we are apprised of new degrees of greatness.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nay, I see for myself that it is the soul which lends life to it, while she inhabits there.Cyropaedia
I believe I have a demon that inhabits my vocal cords upon occasion.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
- (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 inhabits
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