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habit

hab·it

habit

 
 
pronunciation:
hae biht
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an act performed regularly; routine.
It's my habit to get up early even on weekends.The dentist tries to foster good habits of brushing and flossing in his patients.
synonyms:
practice, praxis, routine, wont
similar words:
chore, groove, pattern, policy, procedure, rut, way
definition 2: a fixed, repeated, often involuntary behavior; compulsion; addiction.
She has a habit of biting her fingernails.He began his smoking habit as a teenager.Unconscious habits like grinding one's teeth can be hard to break.
synonyms:
addiction
similar words:
appetency, dependence, dependency, mania, vice, weakness
definition 3: custom, practice, or convention.
He had adopted the habit of bowing in the manner of the Japanese.
synonyms:
convention, custom, form, habitude, practice, praxis, routine, way
similar words:
fashion, groove, mode, rule, standard, style, tradition, usage, wont
definition 4: clothes worn for a specific function or role.
a nun's habita riding habit
synonyms:
costume, garb, habiliments, outfit, togs
similar words:
apparel, attire, clothes, duds, garments, raiment, uniform, vestments
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: habited, habiting, habits
definition: to attire; clothe.
She was habited in the finest of clothes.
synonyms:
apparel, clothe, deck out, dress, garb
similar words:
array, attire, outfit
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Word Parts
The word habit contains the following part:
hab, hib Latin root that means hold, have