in·hab·it | \in-ˈha-bət \
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 \ 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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Security forces are stretched thin across Farah province, a huge, rugged and sparsely inhabited region where Taliban fighters still move freely in many districts and enjoy support from some fellow ethnic Pashtuns. Pamela Constable, Washington Post, "Days after Taliban assault in western Afghanistan, allegations of an Iranian role," 6 June 2018 The figures in the story have emerged in recent months and inhabit an unmapped but potentially vast new territory in the investigation. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Why the New Times Report on the Gulf Meeting Is Freaking Trump Out," 21 May 2018 Wolfe, somehow, pulled off that high-wire feat of inhabiting his stories and transmitting their daring, their insanity, and their madcap joy without putting himself on the line in the process. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "For Tom Wolfe, Affectation Was Armor," 15 May 2018 But results from radiocarbon dating brought a shock: Raven Bluff was inhabited 11,000 years ago. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "Something Stirs: What Will Happen as Permafrost Thaws?," 15 May 2018 Among the pictures are some of the people who built and inhabited the homes. Mary Jane Brewer,, "Susan McKiernan schools Weymouth residents on local history: Medina Local Legends," 10 May 2018 In addition to boasting superhuman strength, Swamp Thing has the ability to regrow damaged body parts and the power to grow and inhabit a new body from any vegetative matter. Mike Scott,, "DC Comics is developing 'Swamp Thing,' set in Houma, as a TV series," 3 May 2018 The way exercise has become synonymous with weight loss in dominant culture removes the joy from moving and inhabiting our bodies, regardless of one’s size. Jenny Bruso, Outside Online, "I Don't Hike to Lose Weight. I Hike Because I Love It.," 3 May 2018 Crabs and other critters It’s easy to spot hermit crabs, which inhabit other animal shells and live in the tidal pools. Susan Moeller,, "A beachcombing guide: Things to find at the beach," 2 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of inhabit

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

: to be present in (something)


in·hab·it | \in-ˈha-bət \
inhabited; inhabiting

Kids Definition of inhabit

: to live or dwell in

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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