To qualify oneself for a post or office.
To clothe; equip; outfit.
(archaic) To train; make capable.
(mining) To provide (a mine) with the capital and equipment needed to work it.
(obsolete) Qualified or entitled.
To fit out or equip (a mine) for operation.
(obsolete) To impart an ability or capacity to.
Origin of habilitate
- Medieval Latin habilitāre habilitāt- to enable from Latin habilis able habile
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Late Latin habilitatus, past participle of habilitare (“to enable”).