Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To live or reside in.
  • transitive v. To be present in; fill: Old childhood memories inhabit the attic.
  • intransitive v. Archaic To dwell.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To live or reside in some place
  • v. To be present in or fill some place

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To have residence in a place; to dwell; to live; to abide.
  • transitive v. To live or dwell in; to occupy, as a place of settled residence

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To live or dwell in; occupy as a habitation or dwelling-place; have an abode or residence in.
  • To make at home; hence, figuratively, to be bound by the tie of residence.
  • To dwell; live; abide.
  • To rest or be kept fixedly.

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

  • v. exist or be situated within
  • v. be present in
  • v. inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of

Etymologies

Middle English enhabiten, from Old French enhabiter, from Latin inhabitāre : in-, in; see in-2 + habitāre, to dwell, frequentative of habēre, to have; see ghabh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French enhabiter, from Latin inhabitare (in + habitare) (Wiktionary)

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  • "China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese."
    -- Former French President Charles De Gaulle

    tee hee. The poor presidents must be under a lot of stress.

    July 22, 2009