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Definitions of habit

  1. excessive use of drugs
  2. put a habit on
  3. a pattern of behavior acquired through frequent repetition; " she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair"; " long use had hardened him to it"
  4. a distinctive attire ( as the costume of a religious order)
  5. an established custom; " it was their habit to dine at 7 every evening"
  6. ( religion) a distinctive attire ( as the costume of a religious order)
  7. To inhabit.
  8. 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.
  9. The general appearance and manner of life of a living organism.
  10. 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.
  11. Outward appearance; attire; dress; hence, a garment; esp., a closely fitting garment or dress worn by ladies; as, a riding habit.
  12. To dress; to clothe; to array.
  13. The ordinary course of conduct; general condition or tendency; disposition; established custom; dress; a woman's riding dress; the distinctive dress worn by members of a religious order.
  14. To dress; furnish with a garb.
  15. Ordinary course of conduct: tendency to perform certain actions: general condition or tendency, as of the body: pracitce: custom: outward appearance, dress: a garment, esp. a tight- fitting dress, with a skirt, worn by ladies on horseback.
  16. To dress; to array.
  17. Ordinary state; acquired tendency; custom; dress; a garment.
  18. To dress.
  19. An acquired tendency toward the repetition of an act or thought; habitual course of action or conduct.
  20. Habitual condition; temperament.
  21. An outer garment; costume; a woman's dress for horse backriding.
  22. Ordinary condition or state; a tendency or aptitude acquired by custom or frequent repetition; practice; custom; ordinary manner; dress; lady's riding- dress; general appearance.
  23. To accustom; to habituate. [ Obs.] Chapman.
  24. Dress; the particular state of the body; a coat with a long skirt worn by ladies on horseback; the tendency to any action or practice occasioned by custom or frequent repetition; manner; way; in bot., the general external appearance of a plant.

Usage examples for habit

  1. She held the skirt of her habit closer, as if to avoid all contact. – The Front Yard by Constance Fenimore Woolson
  2. I got them to make people laugh- people that are not in the habit of laughing! – The May Flower, and Miscellaneous Writings by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  3. " Oh, it's just a habit. – The Star Lord by Boyd Ellanby
  4. " It is the habit of my people," he answered. – Afar in the Forest by W.H.G. Kingston
  5. But he was in reality only getting ready to say something, and it was his habit to say something else while doing so. – Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley
  6. I am not in the habit of giving a second chance to any man. – The Unwilling Vestal by Edward Lucas White
  7. Bobby remembered that it had been old Blackburn's habit to keep it closed. – The Abandoned Room by Wadsworth Camp
  8. It is the Briton's habit so to do. – The First Hundred Thousand by Ian Hay
  9. She had the habit of the girl; she respected her, she even loved her. – The Landlord at Lion's Head, Complete by William Dean Howells Last Updated: February 27, 2009
  10. He started up, but long habit stopped him almost as soon as he moved. – The Wealth of Echindul by Noel Miller Loomis
  11. Mr. Siward, I am afraid this is becoming a habit with you. – The Fighting Chance by Robert W. Chambers
  12. Aunt Bessie only means that speaking that way is rather a bad habit to get into. – Sunny Boy in the Country by Ramy Allison White
  13. Where did you catch that horrible habit? – Gentle Julia by Booth Tarkington
  14. She did not offer to show it, as had been her habit in the old days. – 'Lizbeth of the Dale by Marian Keith
  15. It is a poor habit. – A Red Wallflower by Susan Warner
  16. I'm a creature of habit. – The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne by William J. Locke
  17. He shook hands with the Senior Second, which also was his habit; and he smiled too, but rather grimly. – Love Stories by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  18. Yes; by force of habit I am still carrying my pocket case. – The Mystery of 31 New Inn by R. Austin Freeman
  19. Then he told her of his marriage- something he had never in all his life spoken of to any one in that manner; but the force of sweet and early habit was upon him- he could talk to Mrs. Temple about the young creature so much loved and so long dead. – Throckmorton by Molly Elliot Seawell
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