in·​hab·​it·​ed in-ˈha-bə-təd How to pronounce inhabited (audio)
: having inhabitants

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Once on the islands, there are regular car ferry services between many of the inhabited islands. David Nikel, Forbes, 1 Apr. 2023 Washington is racing to build partnerships on the oldest inhabited continent with the youngest population, a test that could reshape the economy here and, by extension, the rest of the world. Chris Megerian And Francis Kokutse,, 29 Mar. 2023 For years the forest department had been assuaging public fear of leopards by capturing them from inhabited areas and releasing them in forests. Vidya Athreya, Scientific American, 27 Mar. 2023 But Appalachian Basin scientists found hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, also provides its own inhabited extremes in their backyard. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, 12 Dec. 2016 Fortunately, no one was injured, and the nearest inhabited area was about 10 km away. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 28 Apr. 2023 Bear attacks are an increasing problem in parts of rural Japan due to a shortage of food in the forests that brings the animals into inhabited areas to forage. Reuters, NBC News, 7 Apr. 2023 An hour-long flight from Ho Chi Minh City brings you to Côn Sơn, the largest (and only inhabited) member of the 15-island chain. Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, 25 Mar. 2023 At just four miles long, the smallest inhabited island in the Ionian sea is home to about 50 permanent residents and dozens of cobalt bays where sailors drop anchor in summer to snorkel, scuba dive, or explore sea caverns such as Fokotrypa (named for the seals that sometimes hide there). Eleni N. Gage, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inhabited was in the 15th century

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“Inhabited.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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