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; < Latininhabitāre, equivalent to in-in-2 + habitāre to dwell (see habit2); replacing Middle Englishenhabiten < Middle Frenchenhabiter < 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, adjectiveCan be confusedhabitableinhabitableuninhabitable
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.