Definition of habituate in English:

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habituate

Pronunciation: /həˈbiCHəˌwāt/

verb

Make or become accustomed or used to something: [with object]: she had habituated the chimps to humans
More example sentences
  • Animals were habituated to behavioral observation.
  • All birds had 10 days to habituate to the aviary.
  • Females and males were habituated in their separate compartments for 15 min.
Synonyms
accustom, make used, familiarize, adapt, adjust, attune, acclimatize, acculturate, condition;
inure, harden;

Origin

Late 15th century: from late Latin habituat- 'accustomed', from the verb habituare, from habitus (see habit).

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Syllabification: ha·bit·u·ate

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