habit

1
[hab-it]

noun

verb (used with object)

to clothe; array.

Origin of habit

1
1175–1225; Middle English < Latin habitus state, style, practice, equivalent to habi- (variant stem of habēre to have) + -tus verbal noun suffix; replacing Middle English abit < Old French

Synonyms for habit

2. bent, wont. 10. dress, costume. 12. dress, garb, attire; deck out.

Synonym study

3. See custom.

habit

2
[hab-it]

verb (used with object)

Archaic. to dwell in.

verb (used without object)

Obsolete. to dwell.

Origin of habit

2
1325–75; Middle English habiten < Latin habitāre to inhabit; see habitat
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British Dictionary definitions for habit

habit

noun

a tendency or disposition to act in a particular way
established custom, usual practice, etc
psychol a learned behavioural response that has become associated with a particular situation, esp one frequently repeated
mental disposition or attitudea good working habit of mind
  1. a practice or substance to which a person is addicteddrink has become a habit with him
  2. the state of being dependent on something, esp a drug
botany zoology the method of growth, type of existence, behaviour, or general appearance of a plant or animala climbing habit; a burrowing habit
the customary apparel of a particular occupation, rank, etc, now esp the costume of a nun or monk
Also called: riding habit a woman's riding dress
crystallog short for crystal habit

verb (tr)

to clothe
an archaic word for inhabit, habituate

Word Origin for habit

C13: from Latin habitus custom, from habēre to have
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Word Origin and History for habit
n.

early 13c., "characteristic attire of a religious or clerical order," from Old French habit, abit (12c.) "clothing, (ecclesiastical) habit; conduct," from Latin habitus "condition, demeanor, appearance, dress," originally past participle of habere "to have, to hold, possess," from PIE root *ghabh- "to seize, take, hold, have, give, receive" (cf. Sanskrit gabhasti- "hand, forearm;" Old Irish gaibim "I take, hold, I have," gabal "act of taking;" Lithuanian gabana "armful," gabenti "to remove;" Gothic gabei "riches;" Old English giefan, Old Norse gefa "to give").

Base sense probably "to hold," which can be either in offering or in taking. Applied in Latin to both inner and outer states of being, and taken over in both sense by English, though meaning of "dress" is now restricted to monks and nuns. Meaning "customary practice" is early 14c. Drug sense is from 1887.

v.

mid-14c., "to dwell," from Old French habiter "to dwell, inhabit; have dealings with," from Latin habitare "to live, dwell," frequentative of habere "to have, to hold, possess" (see habit (n.)). Meaning "to dress" is from 1580s; "to habituate" from 1610s; "to make a habit of" from 1660s. Related: Habited; habiting.

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Medicine definitions for habit

habit

[hăbĭt]

n.

A recurrent, often unconscious, pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition.
Physical constitution.
An addiction, especially to a narcotic drug.
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Science definitions for habit

habit

[hăbĭt]

The characteristic shape of a crystal, such as the cubic habit that is characteristic of pyrite.
The characteristic manner of growth of a plant. For example, grape plants and ivy display a vining habit.
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Idioms and Phrases with habit

habit

see kick a habit.

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