Definition of inhabit in English:



  • (of a person, animal, or group) live in or occupy (a place or environment):

    ‘a bird that inhabits North America’
    ‘the region was inhabited by Indians’
    • ‘The species inhabits continental slopes of all southern continents.’
    • ‘The people inhabiting the area are admirable because they know how to live in harmony with nature.’
    • ‘This can be very important since some fish will inhabit silty area in preference to hard bottoms.’
    • ‘The second group included 6 species inhabiting tributaries of the Pacific Ocean.’
    • ‘There is no attempt to characterize the society that inhabits these places.’
    • ‘For example, there are more species of ants inhabiting the hill called Black Mountain in Canberra than there are in all of Britain.’
    • ‘We've gone from being a largely rural society, to one that increasingly inhabits cities.’
    • ‘It's as if, when God was making the animals that inhabit the Earth, he dumped here anything he got a bit wrong.’
    • ‘They inhabited a world that was dominated by a different kind of animal - the mammal.’
    • ‘Humans are too afraid to accept the truth that they're not the only creatures inhabiting this small planet.’
    • ‘The wild species inhabits wet ground such as riverbanks and the flowers bloom in summer to autumn.’
    • ‘Wealthy areas are inhabited by a disproportionate number of resident foreigners.’
    • ‘The people who inhabit this neighbourhood appear strikingly similar to one another.’
    • ‘Not only is the dugong vital, but also the environment inhabited by the dugong.’
    • ‘Russians still regard it as a place inhabited by criminals, bears and wolves.’
    • ‘The hunting of animals by the Baka posed no threat to the sustainability of the natural species inhabiting the area.’
    • ‘All the spuds are growing on land which was inhabited by pigs last year, so I think all that manure has been good for them.’
    • ‘Now they inhabit two rooms in what appears to be a carpet factory unchanged since a wet Tuesday night in 1953.’
    • ‘It inhabits an environment of violence, constantly fighting with others of its kind.’
    • ‘What they do manage is to build and inhabit an intimate space which is quite enthralling.’
    live in, occupy
    settle in, settle, people, populate, colonize, make one's home in, set up home in
    dwell in, reside in, tenant, lodge in, have one's home in, be an inhabitant of, be established in, be ensconced in
    be domiciled in, abide in
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Late Middle English inhabite, enhabite, from Old French enhabiter or Latin inhabitare, from in- in + habitare dwell (from habere have).