Definitions for habitˈhæb ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hab•it*ˈhæb ɪt(n.)

  1. an acquired pattern of behavior that has become almost involuntary as a result of frequent repetition.

    Category: Animal Behavior, Psychology

  2. customary practice or use.

  3. a particular practice, custom, or usage:

    the habit of shaking hands.

  4. a dominant or regular character or tendency:

    a habit of criticizing everyone.

  5. addiction.

    Category: Pharmacology

  6. mental character or disposition.

    Category: Animal Behavior

  7. characteristic bodily or physical condition.

    Category: Physiology

  8. the characteristic crystalline form of a mineral.

    Category: Mineralogy

  9. garb of a particular rank, profession, religious order, etc.; dress:

    a monk's habit.

    Category: Clothing

  10. the special attire worn by a person for horseback riding.

    Category: Clothing

  11. (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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. habit, wont(noun)

    an established custom

    "it was their habit to dine at 7 every evening"

  2. habit, use(noun)

    (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"

  3. habit(noun)

    a distinctive attire worn by a member of a religious order

  4. habit(noun)

    the general form or mode of growth (especially of a plant or crystal)

    "a shrub of spreading habit"

  5. habit, riding habit(noun)

    attire that is typically worn by a horseback rider (especially a woman's attire)

  6. substance abuse, drug abuse, habit(verb)

    excessive use of drugs

  7. habit(verb)

    put a habit on

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. habit(noun)ˈhæb ɪt

    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.

  2. habitˈhæb ɪt

    to stop a habit

  3. habitˈhæb ɪt

    the state of being used to doing sth

  4. habitˈhæb ɪt

    because you are used to doing sth

    Now we turn out the lights out of habit.

  5. habitˈhæb ɪt

    the physical need to keep taking a drug, drinking alcohol, or smoking

    a drug/heroin/cocaine habit

Webster Dictionary

  1. Habit(noun)

    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

  2. Habit(noun)

    the general appearance and manner of life of a living organism

  3. Habit(noun)

    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

  4. Habit(noun)

    outward appearance; attire; dress; hence, a garment; esp., a closely fitting garment or dress worn by ladies; as, a riding habit

  5. Habit(noun)

    to inhabit

  6. Habit(noun)

    to dress; to clothe; to array

  7. Habit(noun)

    to accustom; to habituate. [Obs.] Chapman


  1. Habit

    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

  1. habit

    The buffer of our feelings; the armor that protects our nerve-force; the great economizer of energy.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'habit' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4075

  2. Nouns Frequency

    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.

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