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[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.
Origin of inhabit
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 inhabits
  • Philosophy, according to my optimistic friend, naturally inhabits the tenements.
  • It is merely one sort of curious creature that inhabits this teeming world.
  • His soul inhabits a scarecrow, so he uses his new form to take revenge on the people who picked on him when he was alive.
  • What they know about dogs could be inscribed on a pinhead, with room left over for the swill that inhabits their brains and taste.
  • She does not want him to forget that a familiar world still exists outside the brutal one he now inhabits.
  • It usually doesn't matter what city one inhabits at a given moment.
  • The dance is named after the divine spirit that inhabits them.
  • Language is completely affected by the landscape it inhabits.
  • Their canon involves tales of gods clashing over the waters and a spirit being that inhabits the lake.
  • And yet there was a feeling on this afternoon that he inhabits this house but doesn't truly live in it.
British Dictionary definitions for inhabits


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 inhabits



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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