[ 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.

verb (used without object),ha·bil·i·tat·ed, ha·bil·i·tat·ing.
  1. to become fit.

  2. (in European and other educational systems) to qualify as professor or instructor after having earned one’s doctorate.

Origin of habilitate

First recorded in 1595–1605; from Medieval Latin habilitātus, past participle of habilitāre “to make fit”; see ability, -ate1

Other words from habilitate

  • ha·bil·i·ta·tion [huh-bil-i-tey-shuhn] /həˌbɪl ɪˈteɪ ʃən/ noun
  • ha·bil·i·ta·tive, adjective
  • ha·bil·i·ta·tor, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for habilitate


/ (həˈbɪlɪˌteɪt) /

  1. (tr) mainly Western US to equip and finance (a mine)

  2. (intr) to qualify for office

  1. (tr) archaic to clothe

Origin of habilitate

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

Derived forms of habilitate

  • habilitation, noun
  • habilitator, noun

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