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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Recent Examples on the Web Glide past over 100 talking, singing, storytelling Audio-Animatronics critters who inhabit Splash Mountain and offer up their own slice of down-home culture. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Disney parks reimagining Splash Mountain ride as ‘Princess and the Frog’ attraction," 25 June 2020 Buffalo and other wildlife roamed through these tall grass fields where nomadic Native American tribes would eventually inhabit. Alyssa Fernandez, Dallas News, "Allen, Texas: How the city earned its title as one of the best suburbs in the country," 24 June 2020 But what’s most impressive is the amount of space Peoples’s black female characters inhabit in the narrative. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: Celebrate with ‘Miss Juneteenth’," 19 June 2020 Thousands of different coronaviruses may inhabit the planet. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "A Visual Guide to the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus," 16 June 2020 Often several sunfish species inhabit the same water, and some species hybridize. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 Based on images scattered across the family's Instagram accounts, the Hadids aren't the only ones that inhabit the farm. Olivia Harrison,, "All About The Farm Where Gigi Hadid Has Been Spending Quarantine," 29 Apr. 2020 Even when these poems hit notes of melancholy, they’re infused with a sense of wonder and an appreciation for the many forms of life that inhabit the earth. The Editors, Outside Online, "Our 12 Favorite Earth Day Reads," 22 Apr. 2020 Still, differences in the defecations do exist—especially when considering the genetic information left behind by the microbiome, or the microbes that inhabit the guts of all animals. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Artificial Intelligence Gives Researchers the Scoop on Ancient Poop," 21 Apr. 2020

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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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6 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Inhabit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce inhabit (audio) \
inhabited; inhabiting

Kids Definition of inhabit

: to live or dwell in

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