Definitions for habitˈhæb ɪt
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
The Roycroft Dictionary
The buffer of our feelings; the armor that protects our nerve-force; the great economizer of energy.
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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