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inhabit

[in-hab-it] /ɪnˈhæb ɪt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to live or dwell in (a place), as people or animals:
Small animals inhabited the woods.
2.
to exist or be situated within; dwell in:
Weird notions inhabit his mind.
verb (used without object)
3.
Archaic. to live or dwell, as in a place.
Origin
1325-1375
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.
Synonyms
1, 2. reside, occupy, tenant, populate.
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British Dictionary definitions for reinhabit

inhabit

/ɪnˈhæbɪt/
verb -its, -iting, -ited
1.
(transitive) to live or dwell in; occupy
2.
(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 reinhabit

inhabit

v.

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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