Definition of inhabit in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈhabət/

verb (inhabits, inhabiting, inhabited)

[with object]
(Of a person, animal, or group) live in or occupy (a place or environment): a bird that inhabits North America urban centers inhabited by more than 10 million people (as adjective inhabited) the loneliest inhabited place on Earth
More example sentences
  • The hunting of animals by the Baka posed no threat to the sustainability of the natural species inhabiting the area.
  • This can be very important since some fish will inhabit silty area in preference to hard bottoms.
  • It's as if, when God was making the animals that inhabit the Earth, he dumped here anything he got a bit wrong.
live in/on, occupy;
settle (in/on), people, populate, colonize;
dwell in/on, reside in/on, tenant, lodge in/on, have one's home in/on
formal be domiciled in/on, abide in/on



Pronunciation: /inˌhabəˈtāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Trees were felled mercilessly to pave way for inhabitations.
  • The same interface specificity differentiates the inhabitation of public banking terminals, automobile interiors, retail purchasing registers, etc.
  • You know how it is, when you're sitting out in the dark, 50 kilometres from the nearest place of inhabitation, and you turn on the light, even the tiniest little three LED gizmo.


Late Middle English inhabite, enhabite, from Old French enhabiter or Latin inhabitare, from in- 'in' + habitare 'dwell' (from habere 'have').

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Syllabification: in·hab·it

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