Habit definition

hăbĭt
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To clothe in a habit, especially a nun's habit.
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To clothe; dress.
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Characteristic appearance, form, or manner of growth, especially of a plant or crystal.
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A particular costume showing rank, status, etc.
  • A distinctive religious costume.
    A monk's habit.
  • A costume worn for certain occasions.
    A riding habit.
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(obs.) Costume; dress.
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A tendency to perform a certain action or behave in a certain way; usual way of doing something.
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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.

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(archaic) Physical constitution.
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(archaic) Outward appearance; attire; dress.
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(botany) Form of growth or general appearance of a variety or species of plant, e.g. erect, prostrate, bushy.
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He has a 10-cigar habit.

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To clothe.
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A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition.

Made a habit of going to bed early.

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An established disposition of the mind or character.

A pessimistic habit.

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Customary manner or practice.

An early riser by habit.

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An addiction, especially to a narcotic drug.
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A distinctive set of clothing or style of dressing, especially of a religious order.
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A riding habit.
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(biol.) The tendency of a plant or animal to grow in a certain way; characteristic growth.

A twining habit.

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A thing done often and hence, usually, done easily; practice; custom.
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A pattern of action that is acquired and has become so automatic that it is difficult to break.
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(now rare) To dress; clothe.
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(archaic) To inhabit.
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An established disposition of the mind or character.

A pessimistic habit.

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Customary manner or practice.

An early riser by habit.

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An addiction, especially to a narcotic drug.
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The characteristic shape of a crystal, such as the cubic habit that is characteristic of pyrite.
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The characteristic manner of growth of a plant. For example, grape plants and ivy display a vining habit.
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An action done on a regular basis.

It’s become a habit of mine to have a cup of coffee after dinner.

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An action performed repeatedly and automatically, usually without awareness.

By force of habit, he dressed for work even though it was holiday.

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A long piece of clothing worn by monks and nuns.

It’s interesting how Catholic and Buddhist monks both wear habits.

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A piece of clothing worn uniformly for a specific activity.

The new riding habits of the team looked smashing!

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(archaic) To inhabit.
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Habitual or characteristic condition of mind or body; disposition.
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An addiction, esp. to narcotics.
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A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition.

Made a habit of going to bed early.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
habit
Plural:
habits

Origin of habit

  • Middle English clothing from Old French clothing, behavior, custom from Latin habitus from past participle of habēre to have ghabh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English habiten, from Old French habiter, from Latin habitāre, present active infinitive of habitō, frequentative of habeō (“I have, hold, keep”); see have.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English, from Old French habit, from Latin habitus (“condition, bearing, state, appearance, dress, attire”), from habeō (“I have, hold, keep”); see have.

    From Wiktionary