[ 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.

verb (used without object),ha·bit·u·at·ed, ha·bit·u·at·ing.
  1. 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

Other words for habituate

Other words from habituate

  • un·ha·bit·u·at·ed, adjective

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How to use habituate in a sentence

  • This is doubtless due, as in the case of most poisons, to the system becoming habituated to its use.

  • Poor wretches, habituated to poverty, undergo all these sufferings with a fortitude which we frequently meet with in malefactors.

    Letters To Eugenia | Paul Henri Thiry Holbach
  • "It's only a lobster, you know," she said, with the careless ease of a young woman quite habituated to midnight suppers.

    A Hoosier Chronicle | Meredith Nicholson
  • Besides these philosophers, thousands of wise men amongst the Greeks, ancient and modern, habituated themselves to travel.

  • I gradually became habituated to the custom, and did not notice it.

British Dictionary definitions for habituate


/ (həˈbɪtjʊˌeɪt) /

  1. to accustom; make used (to)

  2. US and Canadian archaic to frequent

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