Definition of inhabit
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
archaic : to have residence in a place : dwell
inhabitableplay \in-ˈha-bə-tə-bəl\ adjective
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.
Recent Examples of inhabit from the Web
Wright was the father of organic architecture, which promotes harmony between the natural world and the way humans inhabit it.
Karol Szymanowski's 1916 Violin Concerto No. 1, dating from 131 years later, inhabits an altogether different sound world.
The oil was discovered in the 1950s, when the seven former British protectorates that now make up the Emirates were inhabited mainly by nomadic Bedouin tribes and the economy ran on fishing, date farming and camel herding.
It is inhabited by a group of warrior women called Amazons and this is where a young Diana (Lilly Aspell), Themyscira’s only child, comes of age.
The oil was discovered in the 1950s, when the seven former British protectorates that now make up the Emirates were inhabited mainly by nomadic Bedouin tribes and the economy ran on fishing, date-farming and camel-herding.
The other, the northern flying squirrel (G. sabrinus), inhabits the boreal coniferous forests of the northeastern U.S., Canada, and Alaska.
Spirit inhabits a former Moose lodge in Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh's working-class neighborhood voted most likely to resemble Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Mr. Spence transported objects from his and Ms. Kotze’s homes into the performance space with the intention of creating a third one — inhabited by the performers and the audience — in the theater.
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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
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
Definition of inhabit for Students
: to live or dwell in
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