Definitions for habitˈhæb ɪt
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an acquired pattern of behavior that has become almost involuntary as a result of frequent repetition.
Category: Animal Behavior, Psychology
customary practice or use.
a particular practice, custom, or usage:
the habit of shaking hands.
a dominant or regular character or tendency:
a habit of criticizing everyone.
mental character or disposition.
Category: Animal Behavior
characteristic bodily or physical condition.
the characteristic crystalline form of a mineral.
garb of a particular rank, profession, religious order, etc.; dress:
a monk's habit.
the special attire worn by a person for horseback riding.
(v.t.)to clothe; array; attire.
* Syn: See custom.
Origin of habit:
1175–1225; ME abit < OF < L habitus state, style, practice =habi-, var. s. of habēre to have, hold +-tus suffix of v. action
an established custom
"it was their habit to dine at 7 every evening"
(psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition
"owls have nocturnal habits"; "she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair"; "long use had hardened him to it"
a distinctive attire worn by a member of a religious order
the general form or mode of growth (especially of a plant or crystal)
"a shrub of spreading habit"
habit, riding habit(noun)
attire that is typically worn by a horseback rider (especially a woman's attire)
substance abuse, drug abuse, habit(verb)
excessive use of drugs
put a habit on
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
sth that you do regularly that is difficult to stop doing
I got into the habit of going to bed early.; Don't make a habit of eating dessert.; Biting my nails is one of my bad habits.
to stop a habit
the state of being used to doing sth
because you are used to doing sth
Now we turn out the lights out of habit.
the physical need to keep taking a drug, drinking alcohol, or smoking
a drug/heroin/cocaine habit
the usual condition or state of a person or thing, either natural or acquired, regarded as something had, possessed, and firmly retained; as, a religious habit; his habit is morose; elms have a spreading habit; esp., physical temperament or constitution; as, a full habit of body
the general appearance and manner of life of a living organism
fixed or established custom; ordinary course of conduct; practice; usage; hence, prominently, the involuntary tendency or aptitude to perform certain actions which is acquired by their frequent repetition; as, habit is second nature; also, peculiar ways of acting; characteristic forms of behavior
outward appearance; attire; dress; hence, a garment; esp., a closely fitting garment or dress worn by ladies; as, a riding habit
to dress; to clothe; to array
to accustom; to habituate. [Obs.] Chapman
Habits are routines of behavior that are repeated regularly and tend to occur subconsciously. In the American Journal of Psychology it is defined in this way: "A habit, from the standpoint of psychology, is a more or less fixed way of thinking, willing, or feeling acquired through previous repetition of a mental experience." Habitual behavior often goes unnoticed in persons exhibiting it, because a person does not need to engage in self-analysis when undertaking routine tasks. Habituation is an extremely simple form of learning, in which an organism, after a period of exposure to a stimulus, stops responding to that stimulus in varied manners. Habits are sometimes compulsory. The process by which new behaviours become automatic is habit formation. Examples of habit formation are the following: If you instinctively reach for a cigarette the moment you wake up in the morning, you have a habit. Also, if you lace up your running shoes and hit the streets as soon as you get home, you've acquired a habit. Old habits are hard to break and new habits are hard to form because the behavioural patterns we repeat are imprinted in our neural pathways. But the good news is that it is possible to form new habits through repetition.
The Roycroft Dictionary
The buffer of our feelings; the armor that protects our nerve-force; the great economizer of energy.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'habit' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4075
Rank popularity for the word 'habit' in Nouns Frequency: #1126
Translations for habit
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
something which a person does usually or regularly
the habit of going for a walk before bed; an irritating habit of interrupting.
- gewoonte, neigingAfrikaans
- hábitoPortuguese (BR)
- die GewohnheitGerman
- hábito, costumbreSpanish
- obicaj, navikaCroatian
- ávani, vaniIcelandic
- ieradums; paradumsLatvian
- (sed)vane, tilbøyelighetNorwegian
- nawyk, zwyczajPolish
- خوى ، عادتPashto
- alışkanlık, huy, âdetTurkish
- 習慣Chinese (Trad.)
- عادت، بندھا ہوا طریق عملUrdu
- thói quenVietnamese
- 习惯Chinese (Simp.)
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