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 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, "Can covid make your ears ring? What we know about its possible connection to tinnitus.," 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, "Can COVID make your ears ring? What we know about its possible connection to tinnitus.," 23 Mar. 2021 Adopting a routine will habituate deer to your presence. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, "13 Pro Tips For Getting Better Trail Camera Pictures," 8 Sep. 2020 Start with a less saturated hue, then gradually habituate yourself to bolder colors. House Beautiful, "Rayman Boozer Explains How to Nail Any Color Combination in Your Home," 31 Aug. 2020 Those still habituated to sleep got by on milder stimulants. Steven Cohen, The New Republic, "How Drugs Made American Warfare," 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, "How the Coronavirus Has Tested China’s System of Information Control," 7 Feb. 2020 Sontag argued that science fiction films were one of her era's coping strategies: Their thrills helped distract from life's banality while also habituating people, via alien invasions and attacks, to the idea of existential danger. Laurence Scott, Wired, "ASMR and the Soothing Power of Experts," 21 Jan. 2020 That keeps the waterfowl, raptors and songbirds habituated to the slow-moving vehicles and wary to people. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "More than 1 million waterfowl star in driving tour of Sacramento National Wildlife Complex," 23 Nov. 2019

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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 17 May. 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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