Definition and Meanings for habit

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Habit is ranked 2,322 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of habit

noun, transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

Etymology of habit

oe. habit, abit, f. 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.er oe. habiten to dwell, f. habiter, fr. l. habitare to have frequently, to dwell, intens. fr. habere to have. see habit, n.pos

Meaning of habit


as noun

  • 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.
  • the general appearance and manner of life of a living organism.
  • 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.
  • outward appearance; attire; dress; hence, a garment; esp., a closely fitting garment or dress worn by ladies; as, a riding habit.
  • the distinctive clothing worn commonly by nuns or monks; as, in the late 1900's many orders of nuns discarded their habits and began to dress as ordinary lay women.

as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, noun

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