Definition of habitat in English:



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

    ‘wild chimps in their natural habitat’
    • ‘It's a technique which has a lot of potential and the next film will feature more talking animals in their natural habitat.’
    • ‘The draining of water from rivers and watersheds for irrigation leads to drier natural habitats.’
    • ‘But the stress of being moved from their natural habitat can damage the animals and the public are being asked not to handle them.’
    • ‘The point is businesses that benefit from animals are expected to preserve habitats, not disturb natural productivity.’
    • ‘The good news is that these cool, damp places are ideal for growing woodland plants, whose natural habitats include just such moist, shady conditions.’
    • ‘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 article suggests that protecting elephants and their natural habitats would be a step to survival of the species.’
    • ‘These included maintaining and restoring a full range of remaining natural habitats and ecosystems to a healthy, functioning condition.’
    • ‘Finally, time was spent on the Galapagos Islands recording indigenous animals in their natural habitats.’
    • ‘The place is a natural habitat for 15 endemic plants bearing the mountains' name.’
    • ‘Boundaries should be placed around cities instead, preventing the otherwise inevitable depletion of precious natural habitats.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's hard enough bird watching, does she have to disrupt the animals in their natural habitat?’
    • ‘In this film there are no underwater shots of marine life in its natural habitat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of those values is the desire to protect our natural habitat for generations to come.’
    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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her natural habitat is not the public platform; she doesn't tweet or text about anything and everything in the news.’
      • ‘The historian is always 'a man of his time': of his social class, of his nation, of his political habitat.’
      • ‘Van Gogh had chosen this town of multiple identities as his habitat and retreat from Paris in February 1888.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘"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.’


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