verb (used with object)
Origin of habit1
Synonyms for habit
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of habit2
Examples from the Web for habit
Contemporary Examples of habit
Hollywood has developed a habit of relying on what worked best in the past, and 300 was hugely successful.Meet Moses the Swashbuckling Israelite
December 14, 2014
We still retain the 27 November habit, through sheer gluttony more than anything else.Confessions of a Turkey Killer
November 26, 2014
Texas governors have a habit of running for president: Just ask Perry or former president George W. Bush.The Most Interesting Place to Be Tonight
November 4, 2014
Those who dream of a post-partisan future should note that paranoia has a habit of erasing traditional political boundaries.From ISIS to Ebola, What Has Made Naomi Wolf So Paranoid?
October 11, 2014
Prince has a habit of shedding protégés almost as quickly as he picks them up.Prince Returns From the Wilderness and, Thankfully, Is as Restless as Ever
October 1, 2014
Historical Examples of habit
In you I was sure of a mind strong enough to break the fetters of habit.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
It was his habit to affect that he constantly forgot his mother's name.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
She was not a woman in the habit of reasoning, and had no conception of the difficulties in his way.
I am in the habit of boarding at a quiet house kept by a widow.
At first you kept on wondering what the joke was, till you saw it was only a habit Sarah had.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
- a practice or substance to which a person is addicteddrink has become a habit with him
- the state of being dependent on something, esp a drug
Word Origin for habit
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.
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.
see kick a habit.