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(Old English) habit, abit from habit from (Latin) habitus state, appearance, dress, from habere to have, be in a condition; probably akin to (English) have. See Have, and confer Able, Binnacle, Debt, Due, Exhibit, Malady.


1. The usual condition or state of a person or thing, either natural or acquired, regarded as something had, possessed, and firmly retained; as, a religious habit; his habit is morose; elms have a spreading habit; especially, physical temperament or constitution; as, a full habit of body.

2. (Biology) The general appearance and manner of life of a living organism.

3. Fixed or established custom; ordinary course of conduct; practice; usage; hence, prominently, the involuntary tendency or aptitude to perform certain actions which is acquired by their frequent repetition; as, habit is second nature; also, peculiar ways of acting; characteristic forms of behavior. A man of very shy, retired habits. (Welsh) Irving.

4. Outward appearance; attire; dress; hence, a garment; especially, a closely fitting garment or dress worn by ladies; as, a riding habit. Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy. (Shakespeare) There are, among the states, several of Venus, in different habits. Addison.

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Habited; present participle & verbal noun Habiting., (Old English) habiten to dwell, (French) habiter, from (Latin) habitare to have frequently, to dwell, intensive from habere to have. See Habit, noun


1. To inhabit. (obsolete) In thilke places as they [birds] habiten. Romaunt of the Rose

2. To dress; to clothe; to array. They habited themselves lite those rural deities. Dryden.

3. To accustom; to habituate. (obsolete) Chapman.



Habit is a disposition or tendency leading us to do easily naturally and with growing certainty what we do often; custom is external being habitual use or the frequent repetition of the same active The two operate reciprocally on each other. The custom of giving produces a habit of liberality; habits of devotion promote the custom of going to church. Custom also supposes an act of the will selecting given modes of procedure; habit is a law of our being a kind of "second nature" which grows up within us. How use doth breed a habit in a man ! (Shakespeare) He who reigns... upheld by old repute Consent or custom. Milton.








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habit (plural habits) An action done on a regular basis. Washington Irving a man of very shy, retired habits 2013 July 19, Ian Sample, “Irregular bedtimes may affect children's brains”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 34:  Irregular bedtimes may disrupt healthy brain development in young children, according to a study of intelligence and sleeping habits.  ¶ Going to bed at a different time each night affected girls more than boys, but both fared worse on mental tasks than children who had a set bedtime, researchers found. It’s become a habit of mine to have a cup of coffee after dinner. An action performed repeatedly and automatically, usually without awareness. By force of habit, he dressed for work even though it was holiday. A long piece of clothing worn by monks and nuns. It’s interesting how Catholic and Buddhist monks both wear habits. A piece of clothing worn uniformly for a specific activity. The new riding habits of the team looked smashing! (archaic) Outward appearance; attire; dress. Shakespeare Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy. Addison There are, among the statues, several of Venus, in different habits. 1719, Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe it was always my fate to choose for the worse, so I did here; for having money in my pocket and good clothes upon my back, I would always go on board in the habit of a gentleman; and so I neither had any business in the ship, or learned to do any. (botany) form of growth or general appearance of a variety or species of plant, e.g. erect, prostrate, bushy. An addiction. He has a 10-cigar habit.


habit (third-person singular simple present habits, present participle habiting, simple past and past participle habited) To clothe. (archaic) To inhabit.



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