Definition of habitat in English:

habitat

noun

  • 1The natural home or environment of an animal, plant, or other organism.

    ‘wild chimps in their natural habitat’
    • ‘The point is businesses that benefit from animals are expected to preserve habitats, not disturb natural productivity.’
    • ‘Pollution had also been a major problem, devastating the natural habitats of many animals and damaging the earth beyond repair.’
    • ‘Soon it will be time to compete for attention with a different type of animal in their natural habitat of the Dáil.’
    • ‘But the stress of being moved from their natural habitat can damage the animals and the public are being asked not to handle them.’
    • ‘Boundaries should be placed around cities instead, preventing the otherwise inevitable depletion of precious natural habitats.’
    • ‘The place is a natural habitat for 15 endemic plants bearing the mountains' name.’
    • ‘The good news is that these cool, damp places are ideal for growing woodland plants, whose natural habitats include just such moist, shady conditions.’
    • ‘The article suggests that protecting elephants and their natural habitats would be a step to survival of the species.’
    • ‘This chance to view the animals in their natural habitat should not be passed by.’
    • ‘The series focuses on the current state of our natural habitat, and what the future holds for us all.’
    • ‘We have destroyed all the predators of the fox in these islands by our own expansion into natural habitats.’
    • ‘We depend on the natural environment for our survival, as wildlife depends on the natural ecosystem for its habitat.’
    • ‘The draining of water from rivers and watersheds for irrigation leads to drier natural habitats.’
    • ‘Finally, time was spent on the Galapagos Islands recording indigenous animals in their natural habitats.’
    • ‘It's a technique which has a lot of potential and the next film will feature more talking animals in their natural habitat.’
    • ‘It's hard enough bird watching, does she have to disrupt the animals in their natural habitat?’
    • ‘One of those values is the desire to protect our natural habitat for generations to come.’
    • ‘In this film there are no underwater shots of marine life in its natural habitat.’
    • ‘The best tend to have fewer species, provide a great deal of space, and sometimes almost reproduce the animals' natural habitats - minus most of the dangers.’
    • ‘These included maintaining and restoring a full range of remaining natural habitats and ecosystems to a healthy, functioning condition.’
    natural environment, natural element, natural territory, natural surroundings, natural terrain, home, domain, haunt
    habitation, abode
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    1. 1.1informal A person's usual or preferred surroundings.
      • ‘Van Gogh had chosen this town of multiple identities as his habitat and retreat from Paris in February 1888.’
      • ‘You could get a really nice framed photo of your younger brother somewhere on campus so they can look at him in his new habitat.’
      • ‘On a recent visit back to Edinburgh, he went to visit his sister in her new habitat.’
      • ‘He rarely gives interviews, but he can be found at his natural habitat, Republican fundraising dinners.’
      • ‘The historian is always 'a man of his time': of his social class, of his nation, of his political habitat.’
      • ‘Her natural habitat is not the public platform; she doesn't tweet or text about anything and everything in the news.’
      • ‘"You were the first Canadians to invite me into their home," she told me at a downtown Toronto Starbucks, her preferred habitat far from Maple's more traditional family values.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from Latin, literally it dwells from habitare (see habitable).

Pronunciation

habitat

/ˈhabəˌtat/