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Definition of inhabit verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

inhabit

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪnˈhæbɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈhæbɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they inhabit
BrE BrE//ɪnˈhæbɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈhæbɪt//
 
he / she / it inhabits
BrE BrE//ɪnˈhæbɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈhæbɪts//
 
past simple inhabited
BrE BrE//ɪnˈhæbɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈhæbɪtɪd//
 
past participle inhabited
BrE BrE//ɪnˈhæbɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈhæbɪtɪd//
 
-ing form inhabiting
BrE BrE//ɪnˈhæbɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈhæbɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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inhabit something (formal) to live in a particular place some of the rare species that inhabit the area He reflected on what a strange world Stephen and Veronica inhabited. Word Originlate Middle English inhabite, enhabite, from Old French enhabiter or Latin inhabitare, from in- ‘in’ + habitare ‘dwell’ (from habere ‘have’).Word Familyinhabit verbhabitable adjective (uninhabitable)inhabited adjective (uninhabited)inhabitant nounhabitation nounExtra examples Some of the rare species that inhabit the area are under threat. The cottage had not been inhabited for a while. The island used to be inhabited.
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