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[ in-hab-it ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to live or dwell in (a place), as people or animals:

    Small animals inhabited the woods.

    Synonyms: populate, tenant, occupy, reside

  2. to exist or be situated within; dwell in:

    Weird notions inhabit his mind.

    Synonyms: populate, tenant, occupy, reside

verb (used without object)

  1. Archaic. to live or dwell, as in a place.


/ ɪnˈhæbɪt /


  1. tr to live or dwell in; occupy
  2. archaic.
    intr to abide or dwell

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Derived Forms

  • inˌhabitaˈbility, noun
  • inˌhabiˈtation, noun
  • inˈhabitable, adjective

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Other Words From

  • in·hab·it·a·ble adjective
  • in·hab·i·ta·tion noun
  • pre·in·hab·it verb (used with object)
  • pre·in·hab·i·ta·tion noun
  • re·in·hab·it verb (used with object)

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Word History and Origins

Origin of inhabit1

First recorded in 1325–75; from Latin inhabitāre, equivalent to in- in- 2 + habitāre “to dwell” ( habit 2 ); replacing Middle English enhabiten, from Middle French enhabiter, from Latin as above

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Word History and Origins

Origin of inhabit1

C14: from Latin inhabitāre, from habitāre to dwell

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Example Sentences

About a million years ago there was one known species of mammoth inhabiting Siberia, the steppe mammoth.

Caught at an impasse, “So They Say,” is an offering from his as-yet-to-be announced second project, and allows Paige to express his gut feelings about the world he inhabits.

What’s more, some hairy behemoths that inhabited North America may have been a hybrid mix between the woolly mammoth and a previously unknown mammoth species, researchers report February 17 in Nature.

Police work, she argues, exposes what a “complicated” moral universe we inhabit.

As someone who grew up 30 minutes outside the city, I never thought wild game would inhabit any part of the Five Boroughs.

Actors can inhabit the person through the sheer force of their assimilation.

Jarrett is the first person to fully inhabit this newly dominant role.

The Universe we inhabit seems to be four-dimensional: the three dimensions of height, length, and depth, along with time.

There is no sign of the beefy NHL players who usually inhabit the place.

To try to do your best to inhabit a character, you judge them to the extent that you judge yourself.

Meeting the thirsty bring him water, you that inhabit the land of the south, meet with bread him that fleeth.

What New France is, the nature of the country, what tribes inhabit it, and their customs.

And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruits of them.

They inhabit the small intestine, usually in great numbers, and commonly produce a severe and often fatal anemia.

And Asor shall be a habitation for dragons, desolate for ever: no man shall abide there, nor son of man inhabit it.


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