- 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.
- Archaic. to live or dwell, as in a place.
Origin of inhabit
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1, 2. reside, occupy, tenant, populate.
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Examples from the Web for inhabiting
I thought of Mark Twain, as I imagined Lincoln inhabiting the voice Huck Finn might have had as an adult.Making Lincoln Sexy: Jerome Charyn’s Fictional President
March 6, 2014
In making the film, I felt very strongly that I was inhabiting the character of Philomena.Dame Judi Dench on Playing the Inspiring Philomena
Dame Judi Dench
November 22, 2013
These works represent only a small portion of the more than two hundred and fifty works by Kelley inhabiting PS1.Remembering Mike Kelley
October 12, 2013
Inhabiting the streets, they comprise the most persuasive American ambassadors possible.Fire In Cairo: A View From the Arab Street
John Kael Weston
September 20, 2012
Calle will be inhabiting the room at unannounced times over the weekend.Please Disturb This Artist
October 14, 2011
These gods, as inhabiting the heaven, are placed at the head of the tablet.The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria
There are two distinct tribes of Laos inhabiting this district.Travels in the Far East
Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
A large species of duck, inhabiting the coasts of the northern seas.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
We shall now proceed to write of the Indiana inhabiting these wild regions.Hudson Bay
But the High and the Lofty One, inhabiting eternity, is on earth “as one that serveth!”The Mind of Jesus
John R. Macduff
- (tr) to live or dwell in; occupy
- (intr) archaic to abide or dwell
C14: from Latin inhabitāre, from habitāre to dwell
Word Origin and History for inhabiting
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