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inhabit

[in-hab-it]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to live or dwell in (a place), as people or animals: Small animals inhabited the woods.
  2. to exist or be situated within; dwell in: Weird notions inhabit his mind.
verb (used without object)
  1. Archaic. to live or dwell, as in a place.

Origin of inhabit

1325–75; < Latin inhabitāre, equivalent to in- in-2 + habitāre to dwell (see habit2); replacing Middle English enhabiten < Middle French enhabiter < Latin as above
Related formsin·hab·it·a·ble, adjectivein·hab·it·a·bil·i·ty, nounin·hab·i·ta·tion, nounnon·in·hab·it·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·in·hab·it·a·ble, adjectivepre·in·hab·it, verb (used with object)pre·in·hab·i·ta·tion, nounre·in·hab·it, verb (used with object)un·in·hab·it·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·in·hab·it·a·ble, adjective
Can be confusedhabitable inhabitable uninhabitable

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1, 2. reside, occupy, tenant, populate.
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British Dictionary definitions for uninhabitability

inhabit

verb -its, -iting or -ited
  1. (tr) to live or dwell in; occupy
  2. (intr) archaic to abide or dwell
Derived Formsinhabitable, adjectiveinhabitability, nouninhabitation, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Latin inhabitāre, from habitāre to dwell
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Word Origin and History for uninhabitability

inhabit

v.

late 14c., from Old French enhabiter "dwell in" (12c.), from Latin inhabitare "to dwell in," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + habitare "to dwell," frequentative of habere "hold, have" (see habit). Related: Inhabited; inhabiting.

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