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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Enteric bacteria normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals and exposure to it can cause disease, infections or rashes. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Panama City Beach advisory remains in place: Bacteria prompts continued warning," 9 July 2019 This is an island inhabited almost exclusively by birds and insects. National Geographic, "Episode 5: The Zombie Mice of Marion Island," 9 July 2019 The report identified nearly 600 passenger RVs, vans and other vehicles that appeared inhabited. USA TODAY, "Roller coaster ghost town, Alaska heat, rock hyrax pups: News from around our 50 states," 8 July 2019 In the America that a majority of us inhabit, however, there are concentration camps—and Trump with his flyovers. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s “Inoffensive” War on Reality," 5 July 2019 However, this newfound femur is the first evidence that giant, flightless birds inhabited Europe during the Pleistocene epoch (2.6 million to 11,700 years ago), the study authors wrote. Mindy Weisberger, Scientific American, "Extinct 11-Foot “Super-Ostrich” Was As Massive As a Polar Bear," 27 June 2019 The park service estimates that 2,200 brown bears inhabit the park, a number exceeding the people who live on the peninsula. Dan Joling, Anchorage Daily News, "New bridge in Katmai National Park aimed at limiting bear encounters," 16 June 2019 For centuries ayahuasca has been taken in ceremonies like this one by several tribes inhabiting the Amazon region. The Economist, "Indigenous Colombians fear losing their hallucinogenic brews," 14 June 2019 Reagan lived just long enough to see the first astronauts begin inhabiting the space station. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "NASA Went to the Stock Exchange to Try to Sell the ISS," 7 June 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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The first known use of inhabit was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for inhabit

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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