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Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
Henry Adams

Meaning of "habit" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD HABIT

From Latin habitus custom, from habēre to have.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF HABIT

habit  [ˈhæbɪt] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF HABIT

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Habit is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb habit in English.

WHAT DOES HABIT MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Habit

A habit is a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur unconsciously. In the American Journal of Psychology it is defined in this way: "A habit, from the standpoint of psychology, is a more or less fixed way of thinking, willing, or feeling acquired through previous repetition of a mental experience." Habitual behavior often goes unnoticed in persons exhibiting it, because a person does not need to engage in self-analysis when undertaking routine tasks. Habits are sometimes compulsory. The process by which new behaviours become automatic is habit formation. Old habits are hard to break and new habits are hard to form because the behavioural patterns we repeat are imprinted in our neural pathways, but it is possible to form new habits through repetition. As behaviors are repeated in a consistent context, there is an incremental increase in the link between the context and the action. This increases the automaticity of the behavior in that context. Features of an automatic behavior are all or some of: efficiency, lack of awareness, unintentionality, uncontrollability.

Definition of habit in the English dictionary

The first definition of habit in the dictionary is a tendency or disposition to act in a particular way. Other definition of habit is established custom, usual practice, etc. Habit is also a learned behavioural response that has become associated with a particular situation, esp one frequently repeated.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO HABIT

PRESENT

Present
I habit
you habit
he/she/it habits
we habit
you habit
they habit
Present continuous
I am habiting
you are habiting
he/she/it is habiting
we are habiting
you are habiting
they are habiting
Present perfect
I have habited
you have habited
he/she/it has habited
we have habited
you have habited
they have habited
Present perfect continuous
I have been habiting
you have been habiting
he/she/it has been habiting
we have been habiting
you have been habiting
they have been habiting
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I habited
you habited
he/she/it habited
we habited
you habited
they habited
Past continuous
I was habiting
you were habiting
he/she/it was habiting
we were habiting
you were habiting
they were habiting
Past perfect
I had habited
you had habited
he/she/it had habited
we had habited
you had habited
they had habited
Past perfect continuous
I had been habiting
you had been habiting
he/she/it had been habiting
we had been habiting
you had been habiting
they had been habiting
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will habit
you will habit
he/she/it will habit
we will habit
you will habit
they will habit
Future continuous
I will be habiting
you will be habiting
he/she/it will be habiting
we will be habiting
you will be habiting
they will be habiting
Future perfect
I will have habited
you will have habited
he/she/it will have habited
we will have habited
you will have habited
they will have habited
Future perfect continuous
I will have been habiting
you will have been habiting
he/she/it will have been habiting
we will have been habiting
you will have been habiting
they will have been habiting
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would habit
you would habit
he/she/it would habit
we would habit
you would habit
they would habit
Conditional continuous
I would be habiting
you would be habiting
he/she/it would be habiting
we would be habiting
you would be habiting
they would be habiting
Conditional perfect
I would have habit
you would have habit
he/she/it would have habit
we would have habit
you would have habit
they would have habit
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been habiting
you would have been habiting
he/she/it would have been habiting
we would have been habiting
you would have been habiting
they would have been habiting
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you habit
we let´s habit
you habit
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to habit
Past participle
habited
Present Participle
habiting
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH HABIT


babbitt
ˈbæbɪt
bit
bɪt
cohabit
kəʊˈhæbɪt
debit
ˈdɛbɪt
dishabit
dɪsˈhæbɪt
drabbet
ˈdræbɪt
exhibit
ɪɡˈzɪbɪt
frabbit
ˈfræbɪt
gambit
ˈɡæmbɪt
gigabit
ˈɡɪɡəˌbɪt
hobbit
ˈhɒbɪt
inhabit
ɪnˈhæbɪt
inhibit
ɪnˈhɪbɪt
orbit
ˈɔːbɪt
probate
ˈprəʊbɪt
prohibit
prəˈhɪbɪt
rabbet
ˈræbɪt
rabbit
ˈræbɪt
reinhabit
ˌriːɪnˈhæbɪt
wabbit
ˈwæbɪt

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE HABIT

habilitation
habit-forming
habitability
habitable
habitableness
habitably
habitant
habitat
habitation
habitational
habitaunce
habited
habitual
habitually
habitualness
habituate
habituation
habitude
habitudinal
habitus

WORDS THAT END LIKE HABIT

a bit
ambit
bit by bit
bunny rabbit
cocaine habit
crystal habit
direct debit
drug habit
every bit
jack rabbit
megabit
Nesbit
not a bit
qubit
riding habit
tidbit
titbit
Tobit
wait-a-bit
white rabbit

Synonyms and antonyms of habit in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «HABIT»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «habit» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of habit

Translation of «habit» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF HABIT

Find out the translation of habit to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of habit from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «habit» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

习惯
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

hábito
570 millions of speakers

English

habit
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

आदत
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

عادَة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

привычка
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

hábito
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

অভ্যাস
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

habitude
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

kebiasaan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Gewohnheit
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

습관
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kebiasaan
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

thói quen
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பழக்கம்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

सवय
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

alışkanlık
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

abitudine
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

zwyczaj
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

звичка
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

obicei
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

συνήθεια
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

gewoonte
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

vana
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

vane
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of habit

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «HABIT»

The term «habit» is very widely used and occupies the 11.292 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «HABIT» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «habit» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «habit» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about habit

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10 QUOTES WITH «HABIT»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word habit.
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Lynn Abbey
My writing has to support more than my research habit, but I love to curl up with a book about some dusty corner of history.
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Henry Adams
Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
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Aristotle
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
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Jane Asher
I'm a creature of habit, so I like going to boutiques, rather than larger stores, where I know I'll find something that suits me every time.
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Juliette Binoche
For me, habit is just a synonym for death.
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Benjamin N. Cardozo
The constant assumption runs throughout the law that the natural and spontaneous evolutions of habit fix the limits of right and wrong.
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Dale Carnegie
Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.
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Prince Charles
As you may possibly have noticed from time to time, I have tended to make a habit of sticking my head above the parapet and generally getting it shot off for pointing out what has always been blindingly obvious to me.
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Joan Chen
Acting for me is not a bad habit like smoking that I must make an effort to quit. I love acting; I love directing.
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Kenneth H. Cooper
There are six components of wellness: proper weight and diet, proper exercise, breaking the smoking habit, control of alcohol, stress management and periodic exams.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «HABIT»

Discover the use of habit in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to habit and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change
In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed.
Charles Duhigg, 2012
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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
The stories that Duhigg has knitted together are all fascinating in their own right, but take on an added dimension when wedded to his examination of habits.”— Associated Press “There’s been a lot of research over the past several ...
Charles Duhigg, 2012
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Lick the Sugar Habit
In Lick the Sugar Habit, Dr. Nancy Appleton shows how sugar upsets body chemistry and devastates the endocrine and immune systems, to result in a host of diseases and conditions-from tooth decay to diabetes to osteoporosis.
Nancy Appleton, 1985
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The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life
One of the world’s leading creative artists, choreographers, and creator of the smash-hit Broadway show, Movin’ Out, shares her secrets for developing and honing your creative talents—at once prescriptive and inspirational, a book to ...
Twyla Tharp, 2009
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Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind ...
In Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, renowned author, speaker, researcher, and chiropractor Dr. Joe Dispenza combines the fields of quantum physics, neuroscience, brain chemistry, biology, and genetics to show you what is truly possible ...
Joe Dispenza, 2012
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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in ...
Now repackaged for its 15th anniversary, this classic--in which Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity--includes a new Foreword and Afterword, and a newly designed jacket.
Stephen R. Covey, 2004
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The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming ...
This revised, redesigned edition offers strategies to help the reader understand & deal with the complex role played by technology in promoting procastination in the modern world.
Neil A. Fiore, 2007
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Forces of Habit: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World
In this first book to study apes and dolphins side by side, a dolphin biologist and a primatologist who have spent their careers studying these animals in the wild, combine their insights with compelling results.
David T. COURTWRIGHT, David T Courtwright, 2009
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The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O'Connor
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Special Award "I have come to think that the true likeness of Flannery O'Connor will be painted by herself, a self-portrait in words, to be found in her letters .
Flannery O'Connor, Sally Fitzgerald, 1988
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The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness
Profound, compelling, and stunningly timely, this groundbreaking book of next-level thinking gives a clear way to finally tap the limitless value-creation promise of the “Knowledge Worker Age.” In the more than twenty-five years since ...
Stephen R. Covey, 2013

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «HABIT»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term habit is used in the context of the following news items.
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Cocaine habit led to £44k employer fraud at Bassets Honda - and …
Cocaine habit led to £44k employer fraud at Bassets Honda - and theft and burglary of friends. By SWEPnino | Posted: July 13, 2015. Daniel Joseph O'Connell ... «South Wales Evening Post, Jul 15»
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Kicking the habit benefits babies
“It can be a difficult habit to kick for some of them. That's why I like to say we're also here like a support for them.” During the first session, ... «The Courier, Jul 15»
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Police: Derby woman traded sex for money to support drug habit
LITCHFIELD -- A Derby woman who police say traded sex for money through an Internet dating service to support her heroin habit was ... «Waterbury Republican American, Jul 15»
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Preachers of Habit
Redefining marriage in the courts may not have been difficult, but persuading Americans to accept it is another story entirely. Their supporters ... «Patriot Post, Jul 15»
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Smokers can save thousands by giving up the habit
Kicking the smoking habit can be extremely difficult, but if there's a monetary benefit, it could mean smokers would be more likely to give up the ... «Fox 28, Jul 15»
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Short Interest Update of The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:HABT)
The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:HABT), A reduction of 109,680 shares or 3.5% was observed in the short interest of The Habit ... «American Trade Journal, Jul 15»
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Carlisle addict who sold drugs to fund habit jailed
A DRUG addict who became a dealer to fund his habit has been sent to prison. Carl Pattie, 26, was caught red-handed by police who called at ... «Cumbria Crack, Jul 15»
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Tips to Develop an Exercise Habit
New research suggest that developing an exercise habit does not mean you must follow the same routine day in and day out. While following ... «PsychCentral.com, Jul 15»
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Good Day Cafe: The Velveteen Habit
PORTLAND (WPFO) -- The Velveteen Habit opened in Ogunquit in April, and they are putting a new spin on some old fashion cuisine. Chef Chris Wilcox ... «WGME, Jul 15»
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Truth Bomb: Your porn habit is asking a MUCH bigger problem
Even though sexual addictions, such a porn addiction, are becoming more and more accepted as real problems, not just convenient excuses ... «Citifmonline, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Habit [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/habit>. Jul 2020 ».
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