to accustom (a person, the mind, etc.), as to a particular situation: Wealth habituated him to luxury.
Archaic. to frequent.
to cause habituation, physiologically or psychologically.
- un·ha·bit·u·at·ed, adjective
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How to use habituate in a sentence
At bat colonies in Panama and Costa Rica, Fernandez spent a couple of weeks before pups were born slowly inching closer to the adult animals, habituating them to her presence.These baby greater sac-winged bats babble to learn their mating songs | Jonathan Lambert | August 19, 2021 | Science News
Because the animal was habituated and food driven, having spent the past year accosting picnickers and thieving anglers’ trout, its fate had been sealed for months—long before Yarrow’s brush with it.
Yet the Wyoming Game and Fish Department has documented illegal placement of food and grain along the highway to keep the bears habituated to feeding along the road.
Twice before, Yellowstone wolves deemed hopelessly habituated have been put down.
By keeping marquee films coming to homes first for another year, the shift could further habituate Americans to getting their entertainment at home instead of in theaters.In major break from tradition, Warner Bros. moves all its 2021 movies to HBO Max | Steven Zeitchik | December 3, 2020 | Washington Post
In order, however, to habituate them to a passive obedience, an ostensible purpose had to be held out.The Pilgrim's Shell or Fergan the Quarryman | Eugne Sue
Still others habituate themselves to some manner of tone-production, and neither increase nor diminish the degree of stiffness.The Psychology of Singing | David C. Taylor
He should habituate himself to bend easily to the various circumstances which may from time to time surround him.
By working them thus alternately, while they are fresh and full of spirits, you will habituate them to implicit obedience.Dog Breaking | William Nelson Hutchinson
It is a barren superfluity, to which those who can hardly procure what nature requires, cannot prudently habituate themselves.The Works of Samuel Johnson, Vol. 6 | Samuel Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for habituate
to accustom; make used (to)
US and Canadian archaic to frequent
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