|1.||a tendency or disposition to act in a particular way|
|2.||established custom, usual practice, etc|
|3.||psychol a learned behavioural response that has become associated with a particular situation, esp one frequently repeated|
|4.||mental disposition or attitude: a good working habit of mind|
|5.||a. a practice or substance to which a person is addicted: drink has become a habit with him|
|b. the state of being dependent on something, esp a drug|
|6.||botany, zoology the method of growth, type of existence, behaviour, or general appearance of a plant or animal: a climbing habit; a burrowing habit|
|7.||the customary apparel of a particular occupation, rank, etc, now esp the costume of a nun or monk|
|8.||Also called: riding habit a woman's riding dress|
|9.||crystallog short for crystal habit|
|11.||inhabit an archaic word for habituate|
|[C13: from Latin habitus custom, from habēre to have]|
habit hab·it (hāb'ĭt)
A recurrent, often unconscious, pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition.
An addiction, especially to a narcotic drug.
|habit (hāb'ĭt) Pronunciation Key