[ in-hab-i-tid ]
/ ɪnˈhæb ɪ tɪd /


having inhabitants; occupied; lived in or on: an inhabited island.

Nearby words

  1. inh,
  2. inhabit,
  3. inhabitable,
  4. inhabitancy,
  5. inhabitant,
  6. inhabiter,
  7. inhalant,
  8. inhalation,
  9. inhalation analgesia,
  10. inhalation anesthesia

Origin of inhabited

First recorded in 1490–1500; inhabit + -ed2

Related formsin·hab·it·ed·ness, nounun·in·hab·it·ed, adjectivewell-in·hab·it·ed, adjective


[ in-hab-it ]
/ ɪnˈhæb ɪt /

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.

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 forms
Can be confusedhabitable inhabitable uninhabitable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for inhabited


/ (ɪnˈhæbɪt) /

verb -its, -iting or -ited

(tr) to live or dwell in; occupy
(intr) archaic to abide or dwell
Derived Formsinhabitable, adjectiveinhabitability, nouninhabitation, noun

Word Origin for inhabit

C14: from Latin inhabitāre, from habitāre to dwell

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Word Origin and History for inhabited



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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