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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


  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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