Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of inhabiting or the state of being inhabited.
  • n. A natural environment or locality.
  • n. A place of abode; a residence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of inhabiting; state of inhabiting or dwelling, or of being inhabited; occupancy.
  • n. A place of abode; settled dwelling; residence; house.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of inhabiting; state of inhabiting or dwelling, or of being inhabited; occupancy.
  • n. Place of abode; settled dwelling; residence; house.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of inhabiting, or the state of being inhabited; occupancy.
  • n. Place of abode; a settled dwelling; a place or structure constituting an abode, as of men or animals.
  • n. Synonyms Domicile, quarters.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of dwelling in or living permanently in a place (said of both animals and men)
  • n. housing that someone is living in
  • n. the native habitat or home of an animal or plant

Etymologies

Middle English habitacioun, from Latin habitātiō, habitātiōn-, from habitātus, past participle of habitāre, to dwell; see habitable.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French habiter (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Community outbreaks have been reported in sports teams, child care attendees, prison inmates, and diverse populations where habitation is relatively concentrated.

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  • Until the problem of habitation is not solved, the

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  • You are citizens of a greater country both in the home and in the Lord's church, if you have been added by Him, and you can make your calling and election "sure" by working the work of the one who sent you, and by ruling home and directing it so that its citizens are orderly and respectful and the habitation is pleasant.

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  • The Gill, sister Mary's poor but ever kind and generous human habitation, is a small farmhouse, seven miles beyond Annan, twenty-seven beyond Carlisle, eight or ten miles short of Dumfries, and, therefore, twenty-two or twenty-four short of Thornhill, through both of which the

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  • And a radiation specialist who tested the results of an extensive local cleanup in a nearby city found that exposure levels remained above international safety standards for long-term habitation.

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  • The bio-filtering living wall is a Canadian innovation first imagined at the University of Guelph to enhance long-term habitation of space stations.

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  • So here (v. 6): "Thy habitation is in the midst of deceit, all about thee are addicted to it; therefore stand upon thy guard."

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  • To encourage us to make the Lord our habitation, and to hope for safety and satisfaction in him, the psalmist intimates the comfort he had had in doing so: "He whom thou makest thy habitation is my refuge; and I have found him firm and faithful, and in him there is room enough, and shelter enough, both for thee and me."

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  • The report estimates that the number of people in New Zealand with no shelter at all is likely to be small - fewer than 300 people - while the number of people in temporary accommodation that is unsuited for long term habitation might range from 8000 to 20000.

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  • While he recommends simply hiring a trusted green builder for long-term habitation, he decided the LEED stamp offered a selling point to future buyers.

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