verb (used with object), ha·bit·u·at·ed, ha·bit·u·at·ing.

to accustom (a person, the mind, etc.), as to a particular situation: Wealth habituated him to luxury.
Archaic. to frequent.

verb (used without object), ha·bit·u·at·ed, ha·bit·u·at·ing.

to cause habituation, physiologically or psychologically.

Origin of habituate

1520–30; < Late Latin habituātus conditioned, constituted, (past participle of habituāre), equivalent to habitu(s) habit1 + -ātus -ate1
Related formsun·ha·bit·u·at·ed, adjective

Synonyms for habituate

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Examples from the Web for habituate

Historical Examples of habituate

  • Again, at a reperusal, he informed her: "I must habituate myself."

  • These occupations render them robust, and habituate them to fatigue.


    Frederick Shoberl

  • It is very shy in its nature, and cannot habituate itself to captivity.

    Reptiles and Birds

    Louis Figuier

  • Neither did waiting seem to habituate her vision to the lack of light.

    Red Masquerade

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • He wished, so he wrote, to habituate me to habits of good order and economy, and keep me from the commission of follies.

    The Widow Lerouge

    Emile Gaboriau

British Dictionary definitions for habituate



to accustom; make used (to)
US and Canadian archaic to frequent
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Word Origin and History for habituate

1520s, from Latin habituatus, past participle of habituare "to bring into a condition or habit of the body," from habitus (see habit (n.)). Related: Habituated; habituating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

habituate in Medicine




To accustom by frequent repetition or prolonged exposure.
To cause physiological or psychological habituation, as to a drug.
To experience psychological habituation.
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