- The definition of habit is something that you do regularly, or an addiction.
- Brushing your teeth every morning and every night is an example of a good habit.
- Being addicted to heroin is an example of having a heroin habit.
Smoking is a bad habit.
- Obsolete costume; dress
- a particular costume showing rank, status, etc.; specif.,
- a distinctive religious costume: a monk's habit
- a costume worn for certain occasions: a riding habit
- habitual or characteristic condition of mind or body; disposition
- a thing done often and hence, usually, done easily; practice; custom
- a pattern of action that is acquired and has become so automatic that it is difficult to break
- a tendency to perform a certain action or behave in a certain way; usual way of doing
- an addiction, esp. to narcotics
- Biol. the tendency of a plant or animal to grow in a certain way; characteristic growth: a twining habit
Origin of habitMiddle English ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin habitus, condition, appearance, dress ; from past participle of habere, to have, hold ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ghabh-, to grasp, take from source give
- to dress; clothe
- Archaic to inhabit
- a. A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition: made a habit of going to bed early.b. An established disposition of the mind or character: a pessimistic habit.c. Customary manner or practice: an early riser by habit.d. An addiction, especially to a narcotic drug.
- Characteristic appearance, form, or manner of growth, especially of a plant or crystal: “The habit of an apple tree is fine for the small garden” (Robert Dash).
- a. A distinctive set of clothing or style of dressing, especially of a religious order.b. A riding habit.
- Archaic Physical constitution.
transitive verbhab·it·ed, hab·it·ing, hab·its
- To clothe; dress.
- To clothe in a habit, especially a nun's habit.
Origin of habitMiddle English, clothing, from Old French, clothing, behavior, custom, from Latin habitus, from past participle of habēre, to have; see ghabh- in Indo-European roots.
- An action done on a regular basis.
- It’s become a habit of mine to have a cup of coffee after dinner.
- An action performed repeatedly and automatically, usually without awareness.
- By force of habit, he dressed for work even though it was holiday.
- A long piece of clothing worn by monks and nuns.
- It’s interesting how Catholic and Buddhist monks both wear habits.
- A piece of clothing worn uniformly for a specific activity.
- The new riding habits of the team looked smashing!
- (archaic) Outward appearance; attire; dress.
- (botany) form of growth or general appearance of a variety or species of plant, e.g. erect, prostrate, bushy.
- An addiction.
- He has a 10-cigar habit.
(third-person singular simple present habits, present participle habiting, simple past and past participle habited)