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inhabit

[in-hab-it]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to live or dwell in (a place), as people or animals: Small animals inhabited the woods.
  2. to exist or be situated within; dwell in: Weird notions inhabit his mind.
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verb (used without object)
  1. Archaic. to live or dwell, as in a place.
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Origin of inhabit

1325–75; < Latin inhabitāre, equivalent to in- in-2 + habitāre to dwell (see habit2); replacing Middle English enhabiten < Middle French enhabiter < Latin as above
Related formsin·hab·it·a·ble, adjectivein·hab·it·a·bil·i·ty, nounin·hab·i·ta·tion, nounnon·in·hab·it·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·in·hab·it·a·ble, adjectivepre·in·hab·it, verb (used with object)pre·in·hab·i·ta·tion, nounre·in·hab·it, verb (used with object)un·in·hab·it·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·in·hab·it·a·ble, adjective
Can be confusedhabitable inhabitable uninhabitable

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  • Tanith was the third—the inhabitable planet of a G-class system usually was.

    Space Viking

    Henry Beam Piper

  • There is not an inhabitable valley but that they abound there.

  • Well may we affirm that every part of the world is inhabitable.

    Under the Maples

    John Burroughs

  • No other quarter of London was inhabitable by a rising architect.

    The Roll-Call

    Arnold Bennett

  • With airlocks to permit entrance and exit, they were inhabitable.

    Operation: Outer Space

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins


British Dictionary definitions for inhabitable

inhabit

verb -its, -iting or -ited
  1. (tr) to live or dwell in; occupy
  2. (intr) archaic to abide or dwell
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Derived Formsinhabitable, adjectiveinhabitability, nouninhabitation, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Latin inhabitāre, from habitāre to dwell
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Word Origin and History for inhabitable

adj.

a word used in two opposite senses: "not habitable" (late 14c., from in- (1) "not" + habitable) and "capable of being inhabited" (c.1600, from inhabit + -able).

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inhabit

v.

late 14c., from Old French enhabiter "dwell in" (12c.), from Latin inhabitare "to dwell in," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + habitare "to dwell," frequentative of habere "hold, have" (see habit). Related: Inhabited; inhabiting.

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