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.
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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