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inhabit

[ in-hab-it ]
/ ɪnˈhæb ɪt /
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verb (used with object)

to live or dwell in (a place), as people or animals: Small animals inhabited the woods.
to exist or be situated within; dwell in: Weird notions inhabit his mind.

verb (used without object)

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

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Origin of inhabit

First recorded in 1325–75; from Latin inhabitāre, equivalent to in- in-2 + habitāre “to dwell” (see habit2); replacing Middle English enhabiten, from Middle French enhabiter, from Latin as above

OTHER WORDS FROM inhabit

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH inhabit

habitable, inhabitable , uninhabitable
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British Dictionary definitions for inhabit

inhabit
/ (ɪnˈhæbɪt) /

verb -its, -iting or -ited

(tr) to live or dwell in; occupy
(intr) archaic to abide or dwell

Derived forms of inhabit

inhabitable, adjectiveinhabitability, nouninhabitation, noun

Word Origin for inhabit

C14: from Latin inhabitāre, from habitāre to dwell
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