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[in-hab-i-tid] /ɪnˈhæb ɪ tɪd/
having inhabitants; occupied; lived in or on:
an inhabited island.
Origin of inhabited
1490-1500; inhabit + -ed2
Related forms
inhabitedness, noun
uninhabited, adjective
well-inhabited, adjective


[in-hab-it] /ɪnˈhæb ɪt/
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
Related forms
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
Can be confused
habitable, inhabitable, uninhabitable.
1, 2. reside, occupy, tenant, populate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inhabited
  • My blog inhabited a quiet, slightly dusty corner of the blogosphere.
  • Nature has dealt the ten inhabited territories a poor hand.
  • inhabited or not, both planets would have been obliterated when their two worlds collided.
  • Everybody says that universities are inhabited by a bunch of lefties.
  • The inability of the world's economy to build dikes around every coastal city, every inhabited coast on the planet.
  • The image captures the loneliness of homesteads once inhabited by hopeful pioneers.
  • It sounds lame, and it is: virtual trade shows inhabited by eager sales avatars and their potential clients.
  • Most of the houses are either empty or inhabited by widows.
  • Identify the ones that you took and explain what kind of animals once inhabited them.
  • Door knobs, you see, mean that a house is inhabited by someone or something.
British Dictionary definitions for inhabited


verb -its, -iting, -ited
(transitive) to live or dwell in; occupy
(intransitive) (archaic) to abide or dwell
Derived Forms
inhabitable, adjective
inhabitability, noun
inhabitation, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin inhabitāre, from habitāre to dwell
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Word Origin and History for inhabited



late 14c., from Old French enhabiter "dwell in" (12c.), from Latin inhabitare "to dwell in," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + habitare "to dwell," frequentative of habere "hold, have" (see habit). Related: Inhabited; inhabiting.

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