habituate

verb
ha·​bit·​u·​ate | \ hə-ˈbi-chə-ˌwāt How to pronounce habituate (audio) , ha-, -chü-ˌāt \
habituated; habituating

Definition of habituate

transitive verb

1 : to make used to something : accustom

intransitive verb

1 : to cause habituation
2 : to undergo habituation habituate to a stimulus

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Examples of habituate in a Sentence

the sort of lounge lizard known to habituate bars and nightclubs
Recent Examples on the Web Handing out cash now may habituate segments of the population to hold out for more perks in the future. Edward Segal, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Many didn't habituate: Each new blow brought more stress, not less. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 26 May 2021 Some audiologists such as Leyendecker specialize in tinnitus retraining therapy, which involves counseling and the use of sounds to habituate people to their tinnitus. Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2021 Some audiologists such as Leyendecker specialize in tinnitus retraining therapy, which involves counseling and the use of sounds to habituate people to their tinnitus. Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Mar. 2021 Adopting a routine will habituate deer to your presence. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 8 Sep. 2020 Start with a less saturated hue, then gradually habituate yourself to bolder colors. House Beautiful, 31 Aug. 2020 Those still habituated to sleep got by on milder stimulants. Steven Cohen, The New Republic, 17 Apr. 2020 Because of heavy censorship and a tight, top-down control of information, people in China are habituated to be cautious and apolitical in their online behavior. Han Zhang, The New Yorker, 7 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of habituate

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Habituate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/habituate. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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habituate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of habituate

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

habituate

verb
ha·​bit·​u·​ate | \ hə-ˈbich-ə-ˌwāt, ha- How to pronounce habituate (audio) \
habituated; habituating

Medical Definition of habituate

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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