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 Water lilies are native to tropical South America, particularly Brazil, but now inhabit ponds, lakes, and streams all over the world. Claire Harmeyer, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Facts About Water Lilies That Will Make You Love Them Even More," 7 Aug. 2020 Coastal redwoods inhabit a narrow strip of land that stretches for 500 miles, from the southwestern tip of Oregon down to central California. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, "Redwood National Park Is Straight Out of 'Star Wars'," 6 Aug. 2020 The arguments are also (except in the materialist universe Hiroshima invites us to inhabit) of no importance whatever. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "Hiroshima must never happen again," 6 Aug. 2020 Such nats can also inhabit certain mighty, old teaks. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "After a century of logging, Myanmar struggles to preserve its teak groves," 5 Aug. 2020 But this is a Rogen film through and through, offering the actor the chance to inhabit two very different roles, playing against himself. cleveland, "Wacky ‘An American Pickle’ pits a deft Seth Rogen against himself (review)," 5 Aug. 2020 Beginning Wednesday, the team is renting four full floors of the Loews Hotel in New Orleans for players, staff and other personnel to inhabit until the season opens. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Saints renting four floors of New Orleans hotel for optional 'sequester' during training camp," 4 Aug. 2020 The newest Fiddleheads will inhabit a common area between the ground floors of the new 25-story building and its neighbor, 770 North, another building designed by Irgens. Agya K. Aning, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fiddleheads to open newest location in BMO Tower downtown by the end of the year," 8 July 2020 The nervous system, through its ability to affect gut transit time and mucus secretion, can help dictate which microbes inhabit the gut. Justin Sonnenburg, Scientific American, "Gut Feelings–the "Second Brain" in Our Gastrointestinal Systems [Excerpt]," 1 May 2015

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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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11 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Inhabit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 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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