verb (used with object)

  1. to live or dwell in (a place), as people or animals: Small animals inhabited the woods.
  2. to exist or be situated within; dwell in: Weird notions inhabit his mind.

verb (used without object)

  1. Archaic. to live or dwell, as in a place.


  1. not capable of being lived in

verb -its, -iting or -ited

  1. (tr) to live or dwell in; occupy
  2. (intr) archaic to abide or dwell

adj.mid-15c., from un- (1) “not” + inhabitable. v.late 14c., from Old French enhabiter “dwell in” (12c.), from Latin inhabitare “to dwell in,” from in- “in” (see in- (2)) + habitare “to dwell,” frequentative of habere “hold, have” (see habit). Related: Inhabited; inhabiting.

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