Definition of habitation in English:

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Pronunciation: /habɪˈteɪʃ(ə)n/


[mass noun]
1The fact of living in a particular place: signs of human habitation
More example sentences
  • But due to fragmentation and increased human habitation, the big cat's habitat has shrunk further.
  • We could only wonder, for there is a lot of landscape out there and not too many signs of human habitation.
  • Four hours had passed, and barren mountain after barren mountain still lay ahead, the only sign of human habitation being a couple of tiny isolated dwellings.
1.1 [count noun] formal A house or home: he built his habitation close to the river
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  • A decade or so before there used to be fewer fishermen houses but now the habitations have become much more sprawling.
  • Fashioned after Indian lodges, the habitations were made out of thick, tanned skins stretched over a pole structure ten feet or so in diameter.
  • It is divided into departments that are subdivided into arrondissements, communes, commune sectionals, and habitations.
house, home, seat, lodging, lodging place, a roof over one's head, billet, quarters, living quarters, rooms, accommodation, housing
informal pad, digs, diggings
formal residence, place of residence, dwelling, dwelling place, abode, domicile



Example sentences
  • Compound names are composed of an adjectival element and a habitative or topographic element.
  • However, examples of habitative elements occurring in the first position are not unknown.
  • Although a rarity in the west of the country, it is the commonest habitative element of the earliest recorded English place-names.


Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin habitatio(n-), from habitare 'inhabit'.

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Line breaks: habi|ta¦tion

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