What does habit mean?

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ˈhæb ɪthabit

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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


  1. Habit(n.)

    Hence: The distinctive clothing worn commonly by nuns or monks; as, in the late 1900's many orders of nuns discarded their habits and began to dress as ordinary lay women.

  2. Habit(n.)

    (Biol.) The general appearance and manner of life of a living organism. Specifically, the tendency of a plant or animal to grow in a certain way; as, the deciduous habit of certain trees.

  3. Origin: [OE. habit, abit, F. habit, fr. L. habitus state, appearance, dress, fr. habere to have, be in a condition; prob. akin to E. have. See Have, and cf. Able, Binnacle, Debt, Due, Exhibit, Malady.]

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

  8. Origin: [OE. habiten to dwell, F. habiter, fr. L. habitare to have frequently, to dwell, intens. fr. habere to have. See Habit, n.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Habit

    hab′it, n. ordinary course of conduct: tendency to perform certain actions: general condition or tendency, as of the body: practice: custom: outward appearance: dress, esp. any official or customary costume: a garment, esp. a tight-fitting dress, with a skirt, worn by ladies on horseback.—v.t. to dress:—pr.p. hab′iting; pa.p. hab′ited.adj. Hab′ited, clothed, dressed.—ns. Hab′it-mak′er, one who makes women's riding-habits; Hab′it-shirt, a thin muslin or lace under-garment worn by women on the neck and shoulders, under the dress.—adj. Habit′ūal, formed or acquired by frequent use: customary.—adv. Habit′ūally.—v.t. Habit′ūāte, to cause to acquire a habit: to accustom.—ns. Habitūā′tion; Hab′itūde, tendency from acquiring a habit: usual manner; Habitué (hab-it′ū-ā), a habitual frequenter of any place of entertainment, &c.—Habit and repute, a phrase in Scotch law to denote something so notorious that it affords strong and generally conclusive evidence of the facts to which it refers; Habit of body, the general condition of the body as outwardly apparent: any constitutional tendency or weakness. [Fr.,—L. habitus, state, dress—habēre, to have.]

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of habit in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of habit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of habit in a Sentence

  1. Samuel Beckett:

    Habit is a great deadener.

  2. Puerto Rican Proverb:

    Break the leg of a bad habit.

  3. Ovid:

    Nothing is stronger than habit.

  4. William Shakespeare:

    How use doth breed a habit in a man.

  5. William Shakespeare, "The Two Gentlemen of Verona", Act 5 scene 4:

    How use doth breed a habit in a man!

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