inhabit

[ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for uninhabitable (1 of 2)

uninhabitable

/ (ˌʌnɪnˈhæbɪtəbəl) /

adjective

not capable of being lived in

British Dictionary definitions for uninhabitable (2 of 2)

inhabit

/ (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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