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inhabit (ɪnˈhæbɪt Pronunciation for inhabit



-its, -iting, -ited
  1. (transitive) to live or dwell in; occupy
  2. (intransitive) (archaic) to abide or dwell

Derived Forms

inˈhabitable adjective
inˌhabitaˈbility noun
inˌhabiˈtation noun

Word Origin

C14: from Latin inhabitāre, from habitāre to dwell


View thesaurus entry
= live in, people, occupy, populate, reside in, tenant, lodge in, dwell in, colonize, take up residence in, abide in, make your home in

Translations for 'inhabit'

  • British English: inhabit If a place or region is inhabited by a group of people or a species of animal, those people or animals live there. VERBThe valley is inhabited by the Dani tribe.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: habitar
  • Chinese: 居住于居住于於
  • European Spanish: habitar
  • French: habiter
  • German: bewohnen
  • Italian: abitare
  • Japanese: 住む
  • Korean: 서식하다
  • Portuguese: habitar
  • Spanish: habitar

Example Sentences Including 'inhabit'

Graham, I sensed, liked to inhabit a sartorial Hades all of his own and his charitable offerings could have been a lot worse.
Edward Docx THE CALLIGRAPHER (2003)
He introduces her to the spirits that inhabit the amusement park at night.
Edmonton Sun (2003)
In the infinite scheme of things, the biosphere we inhabit could be unique.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
It has been suggested that, unlike many of the other creatures who inhabit the Earth, the human race is still evolving.
Pete Cohen and Sten Cummins with Jennai Cox HABIT BUSTING: A 10-step plan that will change your life (2002)
Romijn-Stamos sounds almost traumatised by the blue body paint, among other things, which she had to don to inhabit Mystique.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2004)
The degree show tries to connect people with the spaces they inhabit , whether indoors or out.
Independent (1999)
What Old Bloods speak about only reluctantly is that a human can inhabit the body of his beast partner.
Robin Hobb THE GOLDEN FOOL: Book Two of the Tawny Man (2002)
What's more, his demised missus just continues to inhabit his head.
Megastar (2004)
`I'm a vessel,' he said, falling backwards, reeling away from her, `they inhabit me.
Nicola Barker BEHINDLINGS (2002)


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