Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To clothe.
  • intransitive verb To fit out or equip (a mine) for operation.
  • intransitive verb Obsolete To impart an ability or capacity to.
  • intransitive verb To qualify oneself for a post or office.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Qualified; entitled.
  • To qualify; entitle.
  • In parts of the United States acquired from Mexico, to furnish with means to work a mine.
  • To acquire certain necessary qualifications, as for an office; specifically (from German habilitiren), to qualify as teacher in a German university.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Qualified or entitled.
  • transitive verb To fit out; to equip; to qualify; to entitle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb European institutions of higher education: To qualify as an instructor or professor. Usually associated with defense of a dissertation or similar project.

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

  • verb provide with clothes or put clothes on
  • verb qualify for teaching at a university in Europe

Etymologies

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

[Medieval Latin habilitāre, habilitāt-, to enable, from Latin habilis, able; see habile.]

Examples

  • In a controversial new book on the effects of infidelity on married life, Men, Love, Fidelity, Miss Vaillant says her aim is to “re-habilitate infidelity”.

    ProWomanProLife » 2009 » December

  • By the end of the decade, even Kuhn had problems obtaining students from the university, and assistants found it necessary to habilitate at other institutions far from

    Personal and National Tragedy Undermine Krehl's Dream

  • In a controversial new book on the effects of infidelity on married life, Men, Love, Fidelity, Miss Vaillant says her aim is to “re-habilitate infidelity”.

    ProWomanProLife » I beg to differ

  • There are many ways of alleviating the social, health and criminal justice costs of dependent heroin (and other drug) use, in ways that engage, support and habilitate offenders and drug users.

    Giving evidence to the Chilcot inquiry, Tony Blair said: “I...

  • Not wishing to be unduly controversial, but given what is happening in other parts of the world, maybe we should just save x-ty billion pounds and fast forward ten or twenty years and re-habilitate al-Qaeda into a political party and put them and their cohorts in charge in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Well Done to Everyone in Northern Ireland

  • In particular, 224,051,000 pesos were invested in Las Lilas in 1997 to habilitate 8,865 hectares with 350 "animal units," that is, cows with calves, or horses.

    The magnetic deserts of the world - Zone of Silence, Mexico, gateway to the universe

  • In particular, 224,051,000 pesos were invested in Las Lilas in 1997 to habilitate 8,865 hectares with 350 "animal units," that is, cows with calves, or horses.

    The magnetic deserts of the world - Zone of Silence, Mexico, gateway to the universe

  • "Dumisani Ncamazama was given a golden opportunity to further re-habilitate himself outside prison, however he has misused that opportunity and must stay behind bars where he rightfully belongs for the rest of his life," Setsetse said.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • In Kathy's case, also known as Sara Olson, isn't it possible, as a question, for someone to change, for someone to rehabilitate or habilitate themselves, get on with their lives, lead a good life, be a good parent, and just by the nature -- it doesn't forgive the act they did -- but they may not be the same person they were 24 years ago.

    CNN Transcript Jan 26, 2002

  • In Kathy's case, also known as Sara Olson, isn't it possible, as a question, for someone to change, for someone to rehabilitate or habilitate themselves, get on with their lives, lead a good life, be a good parent, and just by the nature -- it doesn't forgive the act they did -- but they may not be the same person they were 24 years ago.

    CNN Transcript Jan 22, 2002

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