habilitate

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. haberdashery,
  2. habergeon,
  3. habermas,
  4. habile,
  5. habiliment,
  6. habima,
  7. habiri,
  8. habiru,
  9. habit,
  10. habit spasm

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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British Dictionary definitions for habilitative

habilitate

/ (həˈbɪlɪˌteɪt) /

verb

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