Definition of habilitate in English:

habilitate

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Qualify for office, especially as a teacher in a German university.

    ‘Heisenberg had already habilitated at the University of Göttingen’
    • ‘Subsequently he went to Berlin as coworker of Max where he habilitated in 1929.’
    • ‘In 1991 he habilitated in Economics.’
    • ‘That Hume should suffer the agony of defeat by those he did so much to habilitate would be a cruel final irony.’
    • ‘He received his PhD in 1983 and habilitated in 1986, both times specializing in political sciences at the University of Bonn.’
    • ‘He habilitated in 1928, the year that Heidegger moved back to Freiburg to take up his former teacher's chair.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from medieval Latin habilitat- made able, from the verb habilitare, from habilitas (see ability).

Pronunciation:

habilitate

/həˈbɪlɪteɪt/