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1. habit, wont

an established custom

Example Sentences:
'it was their habit to dine at 7 every evening'

2. habit, use

(psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition

Example Sentences:
'owls have nocturnal habits'
'she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair'
'long use had hardened him to it'

3. habit

a distinctive attire worn by a member of a religious order

4. habit

the general form or mode of growth (especially of a plant or crystal)

Example Sentences:
'a shrub of spreading habit'

5. habit, riding habit

attire that is typically worn by a horseback rider (especially a woman's attire)

6. drug abuse, habit, substance abuse

excessive use of drugs


7. habit

put a habit on

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of habit
a tendency or disposition to act in a particular way
established custom, usual practice, etc
3. psychology
a learned behavioural response that has become associated with a particular situation, esp one frequently repeated
mental disposition or attitude
a good working habit of mind
a practice or substance to which a person is addicted
drink has become a habit with him
the state of being dependent on something, esp a drug
6. botany, zoology
the method of growth, type of existence, behaviour, or general appearance of a plant or animal
a climbing habit
a burrowing habit
the customary apparel of a particular occupation, rank, etc, now esp the costume of a nun or monk
8. Also called: riding habit
a woman's riding dress
9. crystallography short for crystal habit
verb (transitive)
to clothe
11.  an archaic word for inhabit, habituate

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see synonyms of habit
1.  Obsolete
costume; dress
a particular costume showing rank, status, etc.
; specif.,
a distinctive religious costume
a monk's habit
a costume worn for certain occasions
a riding habit
habitual or characteristic condition of mind or body; disposition
a thing done often and hence, usually, done easily; practice; custom
a pattern of action that is acquired and has become so automatic that it is difficult to break
a tendency to perform a certain action or behave in a certain way; usual way of doing
an addiction, esp. to narcotics
7.  Biology
the tendency of a plant or animal to grow in a certain way; characteristic growth
a twining habit
verb transitive
to dress; clothe
9.  Archaic
to inhabit

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of habit
a. A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition: made a habit of going to bed early.
b. An established disposition of the mind or character: a pessimistic habit.
c. Customary manner or practice: an early riser by habit.
d. An addiction, especially to a narcotic drug.
2. Characteristic appearance, form, or manner of growth, especially of a plant or crystal: "The habit of an apple tree is fine for the small garden" (Robert Dash).
a. A distinctive set of clothing or style of dressing, especially of a religious order.
b. A riding habit.
4. Archaic Physical constitution.
tr.v. hab·it·ed, hab·it·ing, hab·its
1. To clothe; dress.
2. To clothe in a habit, especially a nun's habit.

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