verb (used with object)
to live or dwell in (a place), as people or animals: Small animals inhabited the woods.
to exist or be situated within; dwell in: Weird notions inhabit his mind.
verb (used without object)
Archaic. to live or dwell, as in a place.

1325–75; < Latin inhabitāre, equivalent to in- in-2 + habitāre to dwell (see habit2); replacing Middle English enhabiten < Middle French enhabiter < Latin as above

inhabitable, adjective
inhabitability, noun
inhabitation, noun
noninhabitability, noun
noninhabitable, adjective
preinhabit, verb (used with object)
preinhabitation, noun
reinhabit, verb (used with object)
uninhabitability, noun
uninhabitable, adjective

habitable, inhabitable, uninhabitable.

1, 2. reside, occupy, tenant, populate. Unabridged
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inhabit (ɪnˈhæbɪt)
vb , -its, -iting, -ited
1.  (tr) to live or dwell in; occupy
2.  archaic (intr) to abide or dwell
[C14: from Latin inhabitāre, from habitāre to dwell]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. enhabiter "dwell in" (12c.), from L. inhabitare, from in- "in" + habitare "to dwell," frequentative of habere "hold, have" (see habit). Inhabitant first recorded mid-15c. Inhabitable was used in two opposite senses: "not habitable" (c.1400, from in- "not"
+ habitable) and "capable of being inhabited" (c.1600, from inhabit + -able).
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Example sentences
But people don't always live up or down to the clichés they are expected to inhabit.
Brown on the changing world of small business and the colorful characters who
  inhabit it.
Lovers seek to create a place that they can inhabit together against the
  obstacles of the world.
Some inhabit the nether world of loan sharks and bail bondsmen.
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