habituate

verb

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

transitive verb

1
: to make used to something : accustom
2

intransitive verb

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

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Example Sentences

the sort of lounge lizard known to habituate bars and nightclubs
Recent Examples on the Web They are forgotten without parents who habituate their children in virtuous conduct. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 12 Feb. 2022 Then, habituate to it by repeating it for a few weeks. Jason Karp, Outside Online, 12 Jan. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of habituate was in the 15th century

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“Habituate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/habituate. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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Medical Definition

habituate

verb

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

intransitive verb

1
: to cause habituation
marijuana may be habituating
2
: to undergo habituation
habituate to a stimulus

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