[ huh-bil-i-teyt ]
/ həˈbɪl ɪˌteɪt /

verb (used with object), ha·bil·i·tat·ed, ha·bil·i·tat·ing.

to clothe or dress.
to make fit.

verb (used without object), ha·bil·i·tat·ed, ha·bil·i·tat·ing.

to become fit.

Origin of habilitate

1595–1605; < Medieval Latin habilitātus, past participle of habilitāre to make fit. See ability, -ate1

Related forms

ha·bil·i·ta·tion, nounha·bil·i·ta·tive, adjectiveha·bil·i·ta·tor, noun
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Examples from the Web for habilitation

  • With such a Society those who undertook this project for the habilitation of criticism would necessarily co-operate and interlock.

British Dictionary definitions for habilitation


/ (həˈbɪlɪˌteɪt) /


(tr) mainly Western US to equip and finance (a mine)
(intr) to qualify for office
(tr) archaic to clothe

Derived Forms

habilitation, nounhabilitator, noun

Word Origin for habilitate

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