inhabit

verb
in·​hab·​it | \ in-ˈha-bət How to pronounce inhabit (audio) \
inhabited; inhabiting; inhabits

Definition of inhabit

transitive verb

1 : to occupy as a place of settled residence or habitat : live in inhabit a small house
2 : to be present in or occupy in any manner or form the human beings who inhabit this tale— Al Newman

intransitive verb

archaic : to have residence in a place : dwell

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Other Words from inhabit

inhabitable \ in-​ˈha-​bə-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce inhabitable (audio) \ adjective
inhabiter noun

Examples of inhabit in a Sentence

Several hundred species of birds inhabit the island. This part of the country is inhabited by native tribes. There is a romantic quality that inhabits all her paintings. The novel is inhabited by a cast of eccentric characters.
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Mario has remained relevant for longer, sure, but inhabiting a hedgehog was often more joyful during the franchise’s peak than pretending to be a plumber. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "5 Reasons Why the Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Will Be Better Than the Internet Thinks," 30 Apr. 2019 Many Americans came to believe that men and women naturally inhabited two separate spheres: men held sway in business, politics, and other public arenas, and women took charge of the home. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 For instance, the evolution of a galaxy in time depends on its location in the cosmos: galaxies in empty regions experience strikingly different histories from those inhabiting crowded environments. Smithsonian, "Andean Solstice Celebrations Capture the Wondrous Churn of Spacetime," 22 June 2018 The circular stone church, built in the mid-1700s, resembles the spare, thatched-roof homes many Ethiopians inhabit even today. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "A True Island Sanctuary," 8 Feb. 2019 The wedding is scheduled to take place in the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and an official residence of the Queen, who spends most of her weekends there. Ray Sanchez And James Gray, CNN, "Buckingham Palace shares image of Queen's official consent for Prince Harry's marriage," 12 May 2018 The game handles stealth and exploration well, offering a guide to the next objective while also encouraging the player to engage with characters inhabiting the world. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Shadow of the Tomb Raider' Is Peak Lara Croft," 27 Apr. 2018 Jack Tar bears the name of the former motor lodge that the restaurant currently inhabits. Julia Gall, Marie Claire, "Visiting Durham, N.C.? Here's Where to Stay, Eat, and Drink," 8 Feb. 2019 Having inhabited a space on 57th street, the LeGaspis became fast friends with the photographer, who spent most days shooting subjects on 57th and Fifth Avenue. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Rick Owens Loves Larry LeGaspi—And You Should Too," 23 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of inhabit

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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inhabit

verb

English Language Learners Definition of inhabit

: to live in (a place) : to have a home in (a place)
: to be present in (something)

inhabit

verb
in·​hab·​it | \ in-ˈha-bət How to pronounce inhabit (audio) \
inhabited; inhabiting

Kids Definition of inhabit

: to live or dwell in

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