Habit

Definition of Habit

Hab´it   Pronunciation: hăb´ĭt
n.1.The usual condition or state of a person or thing, either natural or acquired, regarded as something had, possessed, and firmly retained; as, a religious habit; his habit is morose; elms have a spreading habit; esp., physical temperament or constitution; as, a full habit of body.
2.(Biol.) The general appearance and manner of life of a living organism.
3.Fixed or established custom; ordinary course of conduct; practice; usage; hence, prominently, the involuntary tendency or aptitude to perform certain actions which is acquired by their frequent repetition; as, habit is second nature; also, peculiar ways of acting; characteristic forms of behavior.
A man of very shy, retired habits.
- W. Irving.
4.Outward appearance; attire; dress; hence, a garment; esp., a closely fitting garment or dress worn by ladies; as, a riding habit.
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy.
- Shak.
There are, among the statues, several of Venus, in different habits.
- Addison.
5.The distinctive clothing worn commonly by nuns or monks; as, in the late 1900's many orders of nuns discarded their habits and began to dress as ordinary lay women.
How use doth breed a habit in a man!
- Shak.
He who reigns . . . upheld by old repute,
Consent, or custom
- Milton.
v. t.1.To inhabit.
[imp. & p. p. Habited; p. pr. & vb. n. Habiting.]
In thilke places as they [birds] habiten.
- Rom. of R.
2.To dress; to clothe; to array.
They habited themselves like those rural deities.
- Dryden.
3.To accustom; to habituate.

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