[ in-hab-i-tid ]
/ ɪnˈhæb ɪ tɪd /


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

Origin of inhabited

First recorded in 1490–1500; inhabit + -ed2

Related forms

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

Definition for inhabited (2 of 2)


[ 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 confused

habitable 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 Forms

inhabitable, adjectiveinhabitability, nouninhabitation, noun

Word Origin for inhabit

C14: from Latin inhabitāre, from habitāre to dwell
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