[ huh-bich-oo-eyt ]
/ həˈbɪtʃ uˌeɪt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. habitation,
  2. habited,
  3. habitual,
  4. habitual abortion,
  5. habitually,
  6. habituated,
  7. habituation,
  8. habitude,
  9. habitue,
  10. habitus

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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British Dictionary definitions for habituated


/ (həˈbɪtjʊˌeɪt) /


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


[ hə-bĭchōō-āt′ ]


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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