habituate

verb ha·bit·u·ate \ hə-ˈbi-chə-ˌwāt , ha- , -chü-ˌāt \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of habituate

habituated; habituating
transitive verb
1 : to make used to something : accustom
2 : frequent 1
intransitive verb
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

habituate Synonyms

Synonyms
affect, frequent, hang (at), haunt, resort (to), visit
Antonyms
avoid, shun
Related Words
patronize; attend, take in; infest, invade, overrun, swarm; call (on or upon), drop by, drop in, pop (in), run (in), stop (in or by); camp (out in), sojourn (at), stay (at), stop (over), tarry (in)
Near Antonyms
dodge, duck, elude, escape, eschew, evade, shake

HABITUATE Defined for English Language Learners

habituate

verb

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
transitive verb
1 : to cause habituation in
intransitive verb
1 : to cause habituation
  • marijuana may be habituating
2 : to undergo habituation
  • habituate to a stimulus


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