inhabit

verb
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 The arrangement speaks to a return to childhood in the wake of a family tragedy, of Swift inhabiting her role as a daughter. Courtney E. Smith, refinery29.com, "Taylor Swift Knows Lover Is All You Need," 24 Aug. 2019 Windsor is the largest inhabited palace in the world, with about 1,000 rooms, Nikkhah reported. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Reportedly Wanted to Live in Windsor Castle, but the Queen Had Other Ideas," 20 Aug. 2019 In a surreal development, the kind of masculine hero Rick inhabited on screen (soldier, cop, cowboy, bounty killer) shows up in the real-life behavior of his stuntman. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Quentin Tarantino’s #MeToo Moment?," 1 Aug. 2019 All that can be said for sure is that the gods inhabiting the Sacred Cenote were not choosy. The Economist, "Who did the Maya sacrifice?," 1 Aug. 2019 Like June, July has featured some notable high-temperature extremes, including in Nunavut, Canada, the northernmost permanently inhabited location on Earth. cleveland.com, "Earth just had its hottest June on record, on track for warmest July," 17 July 2019 In autofiction, the performance of realism—a literary construct that privileges knowable and empirical data about a coherent time and place inhabited by individuals with discrete points of view—gives way to the performance of reality. Christine Smallwood, Harper's magazine, "Novel, Essay, Poem," 16 Sep. 2019 The group now controls or contests more territory—forty-six per cent of the land, inhabited by a third of the population—than at any time since the U.S. intervention. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Stunt with the Taliban Was Not About Negotiating Peace," 10 Sep. 2019 Preacher is based on the famously profane Garth Ennis / Steve Dillon Vertigo comic about small-town Texas preacher Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) who’s inhabited by Genesis, the most powerful entity in the universe. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Preacher is unwatched, unloved, and doomed — but Tulip O’Hare goes on," 14 Aug. 2019

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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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25 Oct 2019

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The first known use of inhabit was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for inhabit

inhabit

verb
How to pronounce inhabit (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of inhabit

: to live in (a place) : to have a home in (a place)
: to be present in (something)

inhabit

verb
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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