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habituate

[ huh-bich-oo-eyt ]
/ həˈbɪtʃ uˌeɪt /
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Definition of habituate

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.
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM habituate

un·ha·bit·u·at·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for habituate

habituate
/ (həˈbɪtjʊˌeɪt) /

verb
to accustom; make used (to)
US and Canadian archaic to frequent
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Medical definitions for habituate

habituate
[ hə-bĭchōō-āt′ ]

v.
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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