Simple Definition of habit
: a usual way of behaving : something that a person does often in a regular and repeated way
: a strong need to use a drug, to smoke cigarettes, etc.
: a piece of clothing worn by members of a religious group
Full Definition of habit
1 archaic : clothing
2 a : a costume characteristic of a calling, rank, or function <a nun's habit> b : a costume worn for horseback riding
3 : manner of conducting oneself : bearing
4 : bodily appearance or makeup <a man of fleshy habit>
5 : the prevailing disposition or character of a person's thoughts and feelings : mental makeup
6 : a settled tendency or usual manner of behavior <her habit of taking a morning walk>
7 a : a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiologic exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance b : an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary <got up early from force of habit> c : addiction <a drug habit>
8 : characteristic mode of growth or occurrence <a grass similar to Indian corn in habit>
Examples of habit
It was his habit to take a nap after dinner every evening.
It's important that parents teach their children good study habits.
He fell into some bad habits after graduating from college.
It's never easy to break a bad habit.
He still gets up early every day from habit.
She always closed the door softly out of habit.
He hasn't been able to kick his cocaine habit.
Origin of habit
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin habitus condition, character, from habēre to have, hold — more at give
First Known Use: 13th century
Synonym Discussion of habit
Examples of habit
<his exclusive clothing store had habited the town's upper crust for as long as anyone could remember>
First Known Use of habit
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Definition of habit
1 : usual way of behaving <We're studying the habits of wild birds.>
2 : clothing worn for a special purpose <a riding habit>
3 : a way of acting or doing that has become fixed by being repeated often <From long habit, Jemmy kept his eyes peeled for treasure. — Sid Fleischman, The Whipping Boy>
4 : characteristic way of growing <These are trees of spreading habit.>
Medical Definition of habit
1: bodily appearance or makeup especially as indicative of one's capacities and condition <a man of fleshy habit>
2: a settled tendency or usual manner of behavior
3a: a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiological exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance <the daily bowel habit>b: an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary <locked the door through force of habit>c: addiction <was forced to steal to support his drug habit>
4: characteristic mode of growth or occurrence
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