Definition of habit
1 archaic : clothing
2a : a costume characteristic of a calling, rank, or function a nun's habitb : 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 a philosophical habit
6 : a settled tendency or usual manner of behavior her habit of taking a morning walk
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 of an organism : characteristic mode of growth or occurrence a grass similar to Indian corn in habit
Examples of habit in a Sentence
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.
Recent Examples of habit from the Web
The illicit high prices force many addicts into crime to finance their habit.
The Democrats, who have a habit of rewarding failure (Hello, Mrs. Clinton!), subsequently nominated Davis as their gubernatorial candidate.
But Aggretsuko has a more ambivalent relationship with her own consumption habits.
Norms and culture, once settled as habit, can persist long after the external causes that originally created them.
But the episode also underscores several truths about a president who has yet to shed the habits of his pre-political life.
The orca poop contains hormones that let the scientists study not just their feeding habits, but their pregnancies.
Both Abdullah and Winston encouraged the children to come to the library and make reading a regular habit.
This was kind of a problem for me as I had just given up my coffee habit.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'habit.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Synonym Discussion of habit
Examples of habit in a Sentence
his exclusive clothing store had habited the town's upper crust for as long as anyone could remember
HABIT Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of habit for Students
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 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: characteristic mode of growth or occurrence
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up habit? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).