Definition of habilitate in English:

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Pronunciation: /həˈbɪlɪteɪt/


[no object]
Qualify for office, especially as a teacher in a German university: Heisenberg had already habilitated at the University of Göttingen
More example sentences
  • He habilitated in 1928, the year that Heidegger moved back to Freiburg to take up his former teacher's chair.
  • That Hume should suffer the agony of defeat by those he did so much to habilitate would be a cruel final irony.
  • Subsequently he went to Berlin as coworker of Max where he habilitated in 1929.



Pronunciation: /həbɪlɪˈteɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Of course, it did not escape him, that the number of doctorates, habilitations, and docents slowly but surely fell off, although the number of students increased considerably.
  • She submitted a thesis for her habilitation to the University of Berlin but it was not immediately accepted.
  • In 1847 Eisenstein received his habilitation from the University of Berlin and began to lecture.


Early 17th century: from medieval Latin habilitat- 'made able', from the verb habilitare, from habilitas (see ability).

Words that rhyme with habilitate

facilitate, militate
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