ha·​bil·​i·​tate | \ hə-ˈbi-lə-ˌtāt How to pronounce habilitate (audio) \
habilitated; habilitating

Definition of habilitate

transitive verb

1 : to make fit or capable (as for functioning in society)

intransitive verb

: to qualify oneself

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habilitation \ hə-​ˌbi-​lə-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce habilitation (audio) \ noun

Examples of habilitate in a Sentence

believes that society should be responsible for habilitating nonviolent offenders

First Known Use of habilitate

1604, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for habilitate

Late Latin habilitatus, past participle of habilitare, from Latin habilitas ability — more at ability

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The first known use of habilitate was in 1604

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“Habilitate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/habilitate. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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