habituate

verb ha·bit·u·ate \ hə-ˈbi-chə-ˌwāt , ha- , -chü-ˌāt \
|Updated on: 21 Jun 2018

Definition of habituate

habituated; habituating
1 : to make used to something : accustom
2 : frequent 1
1 : to cause habituation
2 : to undergo habituation
  • habituate to a stimulus

Examples of habituate in a Sentence

  1. the sort of lounge lizard known to habituate bars and nightclubs

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First Known Use of habituate

15th century

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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HABITUATE Defined for English Language Learners

habituate

Definition of habituate for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (a person or animal) to become familiar with and used to a particular place, situation, etc.


Medical Dictionary

habituate

verb ha·bit·u·ate \ hə-ˈbich-ə-ˌwāt, ha- \

medical Definition of habituate

habituated; habituating
1 : to cause habituation in
1 : to cause habituation
  • marijuana may be habituating
2 : to undergo habituation
  • habituate to a stimulus


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