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habilitate

[huh-bil-i-teyt]
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verb (used with object), ha·bil·i·tat·ed, ha·bil·i·tat·ing.
  1. to clothe or dress.
  2. to make fit.
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verb (used without object), ha·bil·i·tat·ed, ha·bil·i·tat·ing.
  1. to become fit.
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Origin of habilitate

1595–1605; < Medieval Latin habilitātus, past participle of habilitāre to make fit. See ability, -ate1
Related formsha·bil·i·ta·tion, nounha·bil·i·ta·tive, adjectiveha·bil·i·ta·tor, noun
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Historical Examples

  • A nation thus constituted could not habilitate slavery with all the hideous features it wore in Virginia and Massachusetts.

    History of the Negro Race in America From 1619 to 1880. Vol 1

    George W. Williams


British Dictionary definitions for habilitate

habilitate

verb
  1. (tr) mainly Western US to equip and finance (a mine)
  2. (intr) to qualify for office
  3. (tr) archaic to clothe
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Derived Formshabilitation, nounhabilitator, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Medieval Latin habilitāre to make fit, from Latin habilitās aptness, readiness; see ability
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