Definitions for inveterateɪnˈvɛt ər ɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•vet•er•ateɪnˈvɛt ər ɪt(adj.)

  1. confirmed in a habit, feeling, or the like:

    an inveterate gambler.

  2. firmly established by long continuance, as a disease; chronic.

Origin of inveterate:

1375–1425; late ME < L inveterātus, orig. ptp. of inveterāre to grow old, allow to grow old, preserve =in-in -2+veterāre, v. der. of vetus, s. veter- old; cf. veteran

in•vet′er•ate•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. chronic, inveterate(adverb)

    habitual

    "a chronic smoker"

  2. chronically, inveterate(adverb)

    in a habitual and longstanding manner

    "smoking chronically"

Wiktionary

  1. inveterate(Verb)

    To fix and settle by long continuance; to entrench.

  2. inveterate(Adjective)

    Old; firmly established by long continuance; of long standing; obstinately deep-rooted; as, an inveterate disease; an inveterate habit.

  3. inveterate(Adjective)

    Having habits fixed by long continuance; confirmed; habitual; as, an inveterate idler or smoker.

  4. inveterate(Adjective)

    Malignant; virulent; spiteful.

  5. Origin: From inveteratus, form of inveterare, from in- + veterare, from vetus, form of veteris; latter ancestor to veteran.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inveterate(adj)

    old; long-established

  2. Inveterate(adj)

    firmly established by long continuance; obstinate; deep-rooted; of long standing; as, an inveterate disease; an inveterate abuse

  3. Inveterate(adj)

    having habits fixed by long continuance; confirmed; habitual; as, an inveterate idler or smoker

  4. Inveterate(adj)

    malignant; virulent; spiteful

  5. Inveterate(verb)

    to fix and settle by long continuance

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