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habituate

[huh-bich-oo-eyt]
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verb (used with object), ha·bit·u·at·ed, ha·bit·u·at·ing.
  1. to accustom (a person, the mind, etc.), as to a particular situation: Wealth habituated him to luxury.
  2. Archaic. to frequent.
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verb (used without object), ha·bit·u·at·ed, ha·bit·u·at·ing.
  1. to cause habituation, physiologically or psychologically.
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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

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Examples from the Web for habituate

Historical Examples

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

    The Short Works of George Meredith

    George Meredith

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

    Austria

    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

habituate

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

v.

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.

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habituate in Medicine

habituate

(hə-bĭchōō-āt′)
v.
  1. To accustom by frequent repetition or prolonged exposure.
  2. To cause physiological or psychological habituation, as to a drug.
  3. To experience psychological habituation.
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