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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Qualified or entitled.
  • transitive v. To fit out; to equip; to qualify; to entitle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • Qualified; entitled.

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

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


Medieval Latin habilitāre, habilitāt-, to enable, from Latin habilis, able; see habile.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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