inhabit


in·hab·it

verb \in-ˈha-bət\

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

: to be present in (something)

Full Definition of INHABIT

transitive verb
1
:  to occupy as a place of settled residence or habitat :  live in <inhabit a small house>
2
:  to be present in or occupy in any manner or form <the human beings who inhabit this tale — Al Newman>
intransitive verb
archaic :  to have residence in a place :  dwell
in·hab·it·able \-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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