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Meaning of HABIT

Pronunciation:  'habit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a pattern of behavior acquired through frequent repetition; "she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair"; "long use had hardened him to it"
  2. [n]  excessive use of drugs
  3. [n]  a distinctive attire (as the costume of a religious order)
  4. [n]  an established custom; "it was their habit to dine at 7 every evening"
  5. [v]  put a habit on

HABIT is a 5 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: drug abuse, substance abuse, use, wont, wont
 See Also: abuse, alcohol abuse, alcoholic abuse, alcoholism abuse, apparel, attire, cleanliness, clothe, custom, custom, dress, dress, enclothe, fit out, garb, garb, garment, habilitate, misuse, monastic habit, raiment, riding habit, ritual, second nature, tog, tradition, uncleanliness, usage, usance



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Hab"it\n. [OE. habit, abit fr. habit fr. L. habitus
    state, appearance, dress, fr. habere to have, be in a
    condition; prob. akin to E. have. See {Have}, and cf. {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; esp., physical
       temperament or constitution; as, a full habit of body.
    2. (Biol.) 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.    --W. Irving.
    4. Outward appearance; attire; dress; hence, a garment; esp.,
       a closely fitting garment or dress worn by ladies; as, a
       riding habit.
             Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy. --Shak.
             There are, among the states, several of Venus, in
             different habits.                     --Addison.
    Syn: Practice; mode; manner; way; custom; fashion.
    Usage: {Habit}, {Custom.} 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
           act. 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 ! --Shak.
                 He who reigns . . . upheld by old repute,
                 Consent, or custom.               --Milton.
  2. \Hab"it\ (h[a^]b"[i^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Habited}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Habiting}.] [OE. habiten to dwell, F. habiter,
    fr. L. habitare to have frequently, to dwell, intens. fr.
    habere to have. See {Habit}, n.]
    1. To inhabit. [Obs.]
             In thilke places as they [birds] habiten. --Rom. of
    2. To dress; to clothe; to array.
             They habited themselves lite those rural deities.
    3. To accustom; to habituate. [Obs.] Chapman.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: The growth form of a plant, comprising its size, shape, texture and orientation.
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