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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World English Dictionary
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
While there is plenty of geographic space, there is not as much inhabitable
As soon as an inhabitable region becomes accessible it is no longer wild and it
  begins to acquire some value.
But even if not, having a big, inhabitable ship in deep space would be
  wonderfully useful.
They have contaminated our lands that affect our aquifers and in the end our
  territory will be inhabitable for humans.
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