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habit

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noun hab·it \ˈha-bət\

Definition of habit

  1. 1 archaic :  clothing

  2. 2a :  a costume characteristic of a calling, rank, or function a nun's habitb :  a costume worn for horseback riding

  3. 3 :  manner of conducting oneself :  bearing

  4. 4 :  bodily appearance or makeup a man of fleshy habit

  5. 5 :  the prevailing disposition or character of a person's thoughts and feelings :  mental makeup a philosophical habit

  6. 6 :  a settled tendency or usual manner of behavior her habit of taking a morning walk

  7. 7a :  a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiologic exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance the daily bowel habitb :  an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary got up early from force of habitc :  addiction a drug habit

  8. 8 of an organism :  characteristic mode of growth or occurrence a grass similar to Indian corn in habit

  9. 9 of a crystal :  characteristic assemblage of forms at crystallization leading to a usual appearance :  shape

Examples of habit in a Sentence

  1. It was his habit to take a nap after dinner every evening.

  2. It's important that parents teach their children good study habits.

  3. He fell into some bad habits after graduating from college.

  4. It's never easy to break a bad habit.

  5. He still gets up early every day from habit.

  6. She always closed the door softly out of habit.

  7. He hasn't been able to kick his cocaine habit.

Origin and Etymology of habit

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin habitus condition, character, from habēre to have, hold — more at give

Synonym Discussion of habit

habit, practice, usage, custom, wont mean a way of acting fixed through repetition. habit implies a doing unconsciously and often compulsively. had a habit of tapping his fingers practice suggests an act or method followed with regularity and usually through choice. our practice is to honor all major credit cards usage suggests a customary action so generally followed that it has become a social norm. western-style dress is now common usage in international business custom applies to a practice or usage so steadily associated with an individual or group as to have almost the force of unwritten law. the custom of wearing black at funerals wont usually applies to a habitual manner, method, or practice of an individual or group. as was her wont, she slept until noon

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habit

verb hab·it

Definition of habit

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  clothe, dress It is the nature of such pedantry to habit itself in a harsh and crabbed style. — Richard M. Weaver

Examples of habit in a Sentence

  1. his exclusive clothing store had habited the town's upper crust for as long as anyone could remember

Origin and Etymology of habit

see 1habit



HABIT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of habit for English Language Learners

  • : 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


HABIT Defined for Kids

habit

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noun hab·it \ˈha-bət\

Definition of habit for Students

  1. 1 :  usual way of behaving We're studying the habits of wild birds.

  2. 2 :  clothing worn for a special purpose a riding habit

  3. 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. 4 :  characteristic way of growing These are trees of spreading habit.


Medical Dictionary

habit

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noun hab·it \ˈhab-ət\

Medical Definition of habit

  1. 1:  bodily appearance or makeup especially as indicative of one's capacities and condition a man of fleshy habit

  2. 2:  a settled tendency or usual manner of behavior

  3. 3a:  a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition or physiological exposure that shows itself in regularity or increased facility of performance the daily bowel habitb:  an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary locked the door through force of habitc:  addiction was forced to steal to support his drug habit

  4. 4:  characteristic mode of growth or occurrence



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