Definition of habitat noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈhæbɪtæt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæbɪtæt//
[countable, uncountable] Conservation
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the place where a particular type of animal or plant is normally found The panda's natural habitat is the bamboo forest. The marshes provide a rich habitat for water plants. the destruction of wildlife habitat CollocationsThe environmentEnvironmental damage cause/​contribute to climate change/​global warming produce pollution/​CO2/greenhouse (gas) emissions damage/​destroy the environment/​a marine ecosystem/​the ozone layer/​coral reefs degrade ecosystems/​habitats/​the environment harm the environment/​wildlife/​marine life threaten natural habitats/​coastal ecosystems/​a species with extinction deplete natural resources/​the ozone layer pollute rivers and lakes/​waterways/​the air/​the atmosphere/​the environment/​oceans contaminate groundwater/​the soil/​food/​crops log forests/​rainforests/​treesProtecting the environment address/​combat/​tackle the threat/​effects/​impact of climate change fight/​take action on/​reduce/​stop global warming limit/​curb/​control air/​water/​atmospheric/​environmental pollution cut/​reduce pollution/​greenhouse gas emissions offset carbon/​CO2 emissions reduce (the size of) your carbon footprint achieve/​promote sustainable development preserve/​conserve biodiversity/​natural resources protect endangered species/​a coastal ecosystem prevent/​stop soil erosion/​overfishing/​massive deforestation/​damage to ecosystems raise awareness of environmental issues save the planet/​the rainforests/​an endangered speciesEnergy and resources conserve/​save/​consume/​waste energy manage/​exploit/​be rich in natural resources dump/​dispose of hazardous/​toxic/​nuclear waste dispose of/​throw away litter/(especially British English) rubbish/(especially North American English) garbage/(North American English) trash/​sewage use/​be made from recycled/​recyclable/​biodegradable material recycle bottles/​packaging/​paper/​plastic/​waste promote/​encourage recycling/​sustainable development/​the use of renewable energy develop/​invest in/​promote renewable energy reduce your dependence/​reliance on fossil fuels get/​obtain/​generate/​produce electricity from wind, solar and wave power/​renewable sources build/​develop a (50-megawatt/​offshore) wind farm install/​be fitted with/​be powered by solar panels See related entries: Conservation Word Origin late 18th cent.: from Latin, literally ‘it dwells’, from habitare ‘possess, inhabit’.Extra examples Many species are threatened in the wild due to habitat destruction by man. One of our objectives is to restore habitats for native species. Peat bogs are one of Europe’s most threatened habitats. The bird’s preferred habitat is grassy prairie. The forest provides a habitat for hundreds of species of plants and animals. The greatest danger to tigers now is through loss of habitat. The many different habitats support a wide variety of birds. The moorland is an important habitat for many rare bird species. Their preferred habitat is disappearing rapidly. These animals will lose their habitats by the flooding of the area. a decline in the amount of suitable habitat an agreement that preserved 2 500 acres of prime bear habitat bird species that occupy forest habitats her observations of wild chimps in their natural habitat new measures to protect wildlife habitats the animals and plants in this woodland habitat Population growth is causing destruction of wildlife habitat throughout the world. The panda’s natural habitat is the bamboo forest.

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