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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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Related Words for habilitation

talent, competence, quality, ability, stature, gift, faculty, dignity, strength, force, constitution, power, nature, essence, merit, value, capability, appetency, virtue, distinction

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Historical Examples of habilitation

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

    Mankind in the Making

    H. G. Wells

British Dictionary definitions for habilitation


  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 for habilitate

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