Definition of inhabit in US English:



[with object]
  • (of a person, animal, or group) live in or occupy (a place or environment)

    ‘a bird that inhabits North America’
    ‘urban centers inhabited by more than 10 million people’
    ‘the loneliest inhabited place on Earth’
    • ‘We've gone from being a largely rural society, to one that increasingly inhabits cities.’
    • ‘The people who inhabit this neighbourhood appear strikingly similar to one another.’
    • ‘Wealthy areas are inhabited by a disproportionate number of resident foreigners.’
    • ‘The hunting of animals by the Baka posed no threat to the sustainability of the natural species inhabiting the area.’
    • ‘The second group included 6 species inhabiting tributaries of the Pacific Ocean.’
    • ‘The wild species inhabits wet ground such as riverbanks and the flowers bloom in summer to autumn.’
    • ‘It's as if, when God was making the animals that inhabit the Earth, he dumped here anything he got a bit wrong.’
    • ‘What they do manage is to build and inhabit an intimate space which is quite enthralling.’
    • ‘Russians still regard it as a place inhabited by criminals, bears and wolves.’
    • ‘Not only is the dugong vital, but also the environment inhabited by the dugong.’
    • ‘The people inhabiting the area are admirable because they know how to live in harmony with nature.’
    • ‘There is no attempt to characterize the society that inhabits these places.’
    • ‘It inhabits an environment of violence, constantly fighting with others of its kind.’
    • ‘This can be very important since some fish will inhabit silty area in preference to hard bottoms.’
    • ‘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 species inhabits continental slopes of all southern continents.’
    • ‘Now they inhabit two rooms in what appears to be a carpet factory unchanged since a wet Tuesday night in 1953.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For example, there are more species of ants inhabiting the hill called Black Mountain in Canberra than there are in all of Britain.’
    live in, occupy
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Late Middle English inhabite, enhabite, from Old French enhabiter or Latin inhabitare, from in- ‘in’ + habitare ‘dwell’ (from habere ‘have’).