Definition of habitation in US English:



  • 1The state or process of living in a particular place.

    ‘signs of human habitation’
    • ‘We could only wonder, for there is a lot of landscape out there and not too many signs of human habitation.’
    • ‘No road was to be seen leading to the right or to the left, no sign of human habitation in the vicinity.’
    • ‘Those who live with the traditional leaders or those who have travelled to rural areas will agree that some of the dwellings cannot pass for human habitation.’
    • ‘For mile after mile, there was nothing but wide-open spaces, with almost no signs of human habitation.’
    • ‘Other than this one image, the book contains no sign of human habitation, presenting the natural world as a space of leisure, not of labor.’
    • ‘Before the Agricultural Revolution, people's effect on the land was minimal - they lived from the land but it was not substantially changed through human habitation.’
    • ‘But due to fragmentation and increased human habitation, the big cat's habitat has shrunk further.’
    • ‘Only about 100 of the islands are inhabited or capable of human habitation.’
    • ‘I used to live opposite a pristine tract of natural vegetation that turned into a housing development with the accompanying sounds of human habitation.’
    • ‘The cars and houses, while occasionally showing signs of human habitation, look unreal, like toy models set against a colored background.’
    • ‘Many live either in accommodation not fit for human habitation or are without housing entirely and have to make do living on the streets.’
    • ‘Lakes are important to human habitation as they address certain hydrological factors, provide a biotic environment, and are useful temperature comforts.’
    • ‘From the air it looks a wild island, with hardly a sign of human habitation.’
    • ‘The first signs of human habitation date back 11,000 years, and granite wheelclamps have been found from the Mesolithic era.’
    • ‘The only signs of human habitation are the couple of luxury hotels nestled discreetly between groups of trees.’
    • ‘Even the background, in which it is situated, with hills covered with pine trees and the hustle bustle of human habitation, makes viewing this paddy field soothing to one's eyes.’
    • ‘For as far as the eye could see, there was no sign of human habitation.’
    • ‘Four hours had passed, and barren mountain after barren mountain still lay ahead, the only sign of human habitation being a couple of tiny isolated dwellings.’
    • ‘We had been walking for perhaps ten hours already, and there had been no sign of any human habitation.’
    • ‘Some are hostile to human habitation; others make for good living.’
    occupancy, occupation, residence, residency, living in, housing, billeting, quartering, tenure
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    1. 1.1formal A place in which to live; a house or home.
      • ‘Thousands of activists are working to stop mindless conversion of these unique ecosystems into crowded habitations.’
      • ‘It is divided into departments that are subdivided into arrondissements, communes, commune sectionals, and habitations.’
      • ‘The school management, doing yeomen service in the field of education in the tribal habitations, brought the children even from far away places in its buses and made them thoroughly enjoy the day.’
      • ‘A decade or so before there used to be fewer fishermen houses but now the habitations have become much more sprawling.’
      • ‘For this study, ‘winter’ and ‘spring’ designations were based on the presence of semi-subterranean habitations.’
      • ‘With the jumbos invading the fringe villages during nights, villagers are spending sleepless nights to save themselves, forget about saving their crops and habitations.’
      • ‘They reside in accommodations provided or not provided by the owners, at an often high rental, given the remotely rustic nature of the habitations.’
      • ‘A central exploration of these situations has been the creation of nomadic habitations, which are designed to be worn, slept, stored and sheltered in.’
      • ‘Each of these habitations is equipped with a kitchen extension, situated in the corner between the innermost end of its corridor and its central room.’
      • ‘Similarly, the river is facing relentless encroachment and severe pollution due to inflow of huge amounts of sewage from the habitations.’
      • ‘In terms of architecture, we found several buildings, habitations, walls, floors, domestic refuse, all kinds of evidence to suggest earlier occupation.’
      • ‘Physical achievements in terms of man-days of employment generated, dwelling units established and habitations covered were not significantly different from earlier years.’
      • ‘Its members have been visiting residential areas, especially the middle class habitations, to know the reasons from the people for not voting.’
      • ‘Mouse-spotting season tends to be in the late fall and early winter, as they advance on human habitations seeking warmer shelter.’
      • ‘Virtually everyone on this agricultural planet lives in this cluster of towering buildings, with a few small habitations for the farming output of entire regions to be routed through.’
      • ‘Many earlier habitations were also discovered, followed in 1995 by a large stone Roman temple, complete with bread ovens and even an oyster bar.’
      • ‘Fashioned after Indian lodges, the habitations were made out of thick, tanned skins stretched over a pole structure ten feet or so in diameter.’
      • ‘At somewhat lower altitudes, the villages among which I lived for the better part of two years were certainly the habitations of tribal people.’
      • ‘The early habitations in those settlements were rude, ‘cheerless’ cabins, which barely provided protection from the elements.’
      • ‘Animals that stray into habitations and those kept as pets are rehabilitated at the sanctuary and integrated with their peers.’
      house, home, seat, lodging, lodging place, a roof over one's head, billet, quarters, living quarters, rooms, accommodation, housing
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Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin habitatio(n-), from habitare ‘inhabit’.