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inhabit

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verb in·hab·it \in-ˈha-bət\

Simple Definition of inhabit

  • : to live in (a place) : to have a home in (a place)

  • : to be present in (something)

Full Definition of inhabit

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to occupy as a place of settled residence or habitat :  live in <inhabit a small house>

  3. 2 :  to be present in or occupy in any manner or form <the human beings who inhabit this tale — Al Newman>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. archaic :  to have residence in a place :  dwell

in·hab·it·able play \-bə-tə-bəl\ adjective
in·hab·it·er noun

Examples of inhabit

  1. Several hundred species of birds inhabit the island.

  2. This part of the country is inhabited by native tribes.

  3. There is a romantic quality that inhabits all her paintings.

  4. The novel is inhabited by a cast of eccentric characters.



Origin of inhabit

Middle English enhabiten, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French inhabiter, enhabiter, from Latin inhabitare, from in- + habitare to dwell, frequentative of habēre to have — more at give


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with inhabit



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