Share this entry

Share this page

inhabit

Line breaks: in|habit
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈhabɪt
 
/

Definition of inhabit in English:

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 the region was inhabited by Indians
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.
Synonyms
settle in, settle, people, populate, colonize, make one's home in, set up home in;
dwell in, reside in, tenant, lodge in, have one's home in, be an inhabitant of, be established in, be ensconced in
formal be domiciled in, abide in

Origin

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

Derivatives

inhabitation

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈteɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
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.

Definition of inhabit in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day tenebrous
Pronunciation: ˈtɛnɪbrəs
adjective
dark; shadowy or obscure