Usage examples for habituate

  1. To think in line, to see the world as resolving itself into the play of alternating lines, so to habituate thought and vision to that one aspect of everything is not the best preparation in the world for seeing it over again in another art where the element of line is not the chief incident of the impression to be created. – George Du Maurier, the Satirist of the Victorians by T. Martin Wood
  2. These Covenanters would not habituate themselves to sinful conditions, nor permit their conscience to be drugged with the love of ease. – Sketches of the Covenanters by J. C. McFeeters
  3. No doubt squirrels or monkeys of any kind, transported to an open or treeless country, would soon habituate themselves to their new situation,- for Nature affords many illustrations of this power of adaptation on the part of her creatures. – Popular Adventure Tales by Mayne Reid
  4. It is, as the following examples from both works will show, clear, not inelegant, invaluable as a kind of go- cart to habituate the infant limbs of prose English to orderly movement; but it is not original, or striking, or characteristic, or calculated to show the native powers and capacities of the language. – A History of English Literature Elizabethan Literature by George Saintsbury
  5. Human nature can habituate itself even to pain, and it was so with him. – A Mummer's Wife by George Moore
  6. My method, on the contrary, is, by the study of history, and by the familiarity acquired in writing, to habituate my memory to receive and retain images of the best and worthiest characters. – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
  7. To civilize them it was necessary first that the French should mingle with them and habituate them to their presence and mode of life, which could be done only by the increase of the colony, the greatest obstacle to which was on the part of the gentlemen of the company, who, to monopolize trade, did not wish the country to be settled, and did not even wish to make the Indians sedentary, which was the only condition favourable to the salvation of these heathen. – The Makers of Canada: Champlain by N. E. Dionne
  8. There is nothing that gives us greater assurance that our life- work will be thoroughly done than to habituate ourselves to do the slightest task completely. – Increasing Personal Efficiency by Russell H. Conwell
  9. At any rate, we must habituate our minds to the idea; we must realize it with the hope it implies that no woman will then care socially to outshine her sister; at the most she will be emulous of her in civic virtue, the peculiar grace and glory of republics. – Imaginary Interviews by W. D. Howells
  10. Mendez and Fiesco had not long departed when the Spaniards in the wreck began to grow sickly, partly from the toils and exposures of the recent voyage, partly from being crowded in narrow quarters in a moist and sultry climate, and partly from want of their accustomed food, for they could not habituate themselves to the vegetable diet of the Indians. – The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus (Vol. II) by Washington Irving
  11. 112. This will habituate him to reflection- exercise his judgment on the meaning of the author, and without any great effort on his part, impress indelibly on his memory, the rules which he is required to give. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  12. Neither did waiting seem to habituate her vision to the lack of light. – Red Masquerade by Louis Joseph Vance
  13. Never had I so much need of the fortitude to which I have endeavoured to habituate my mind. – Anna St. Ives by Thomas Holcroft
  14. Again, at a reperusal, he informed her: " I must habituate myself." – The Short Works of George Meredith by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  15. Instead of making them effeminate with a variety of clothes, his rule was to habituate them to a single garment the whole year through, thinking that so they would be better prepared to withstand the variations of heat and cold. – The Polity of the Athenians and the Lacedaemonians by Xenophon