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 habituated

Historical Examples of habituated

  • He still held his big voice to a softer modulation than that to which it was habituated.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • She had become so habituated to his presence that she was quite at her ease, and treated him as a comrade.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • Those who are habituated to the—ha—Marshalsea, are pleased to call me its father.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • And to this same practice he has habituated those about him.



  • Of course, these remarks apply only to those not habituated to long fasts.

    The War Trail

    Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for habituated



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



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

Medicine definitions for habituated




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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