in·​hab·​it·​ed | \ in-ˈha-bə-təd How to pronounce inhabited (audio) \

Definition of inhabited

: having inhabitants

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The concrete statue of a bull in the center of town marks the coldest temperature ever recorded in any inhabited place on earth. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Is the Coldest Permanently Inhabited Place on Earth," 10 Sep. 2018 The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office charged Kim on Wednesday with murder, attempted murder of a firefighter, attempted murder, arson of an inhabited structure and explosion with intent to murder, reported the publication. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "He didn't set out to kill a firefighter, cops say. But he wanted to blow up his neighbor," 28 June 2018 In our opening installment today, Rodney talks about getting tech news by steamship as a kid (yes, really)—living on the southern fringe of the inhabited world, with nothing on the (very) far side of the water but Antarctica. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break, part one: Rodney Brooks and robot ethics," 20 June 2018 And then there is Bacon, whose lovely, lightly inhabited, lively performance anchors the show in a more ordinary, yet highly individual reality. Robert Lloyd,, "HBO drama ponders the 'Here and Now'," 9 Feb. 2018 Lanai is the most lightly populated of Hawaii’s seven inhabited islands, but occupies 140 expansive square miles and boasts seven distinct eco-zones. Hannah Seligson, Town & Country, "Larry Ellison Wants Lanai to Be the Most Incredible Resort in the World," 7 Apr. 2017 Kauai and Niihau, at 5 million years, are the oldest of the inhabited islands. Elizabeth Chang,, "Your friends in Hawaii are probably safe from the volcano on the Big Island. Here's why.," 16 May 2018 Image: Syfy The Expanse kicked off its third season last month on Syfy, continuing the story of the crew of a spaceship in an inhabited solar system that’s set centuries in the future. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The Expanse has threatened nuclear war for two nail-biting seasons — now, it’s pushing the button," 4 May 2018 Jurors were not persuaded and convicted Garcia, along with Drummer and Austin, of murder, robbery of an inhabited place, and false imprisonment. Katie Worth, WIRED, "Framed for Murder By His Own DNA," 19 Apr. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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