inhabit

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verb in·hab·it \in-ˈha-bət\

Definition of inhabit

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to occupy as a place of settled residence or habitat :  live in inhabit a small house

  3. 2 :  to be present in or occupy in any manner or form the human beings who inhabit this tale — Al Newman

  4. intransitive verb
  5. archaic :  to have residence in a place :  dwell

inhabitable

play \in-ˈha-bə-tə-bəl\ adjective

inhabiter

noun

Examples of inhabit in a Sentence

  1. Several hundred species of birds inhabit the island.

  2. This part of the country is inhabited by native tribes.

  3. There is a romantic quality that inhabits all her paintings.

  4. The novel is inhabited by a cast of eccentric characters.

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Origin and Etymology of inhabit

Middle English enhabiten, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French inhabiter, enhabiter, from Latin inhabitare, from in- + habitare to dwell, frequentative of habēre to have — more at give


First Known Use: 14th century


INHABIT Defined for English Language Learners

inhabit

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Definition of inhabit for English Language Learners

  • : to live in (a place) : to have a home in (a place)

  • : to be present in (something)


INHABIT Defined for Kids

inhabit

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verb in·hab·it \in-ˈha-bət\

Definition of inhabit for Students

inhabited

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inhabiting

  1. :  to live or dwell in



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