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Definition of "habit" [hab•it]

  • A recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition. (noun)
  • An established disposition of the mind or character. (noun)
  • Customary manner or practice: a person of ascetic habits. (noun)
  • An addiction, especially to a narcotic drug. (noun)
  • Physical constitution. (noun)
  • A tendency or disposition to act in a particular way (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Established custom, usual practice, etc (noun)
  • A learned behavioural response that has become associated with a particular situation, esp one frequently repeated (noun)
  • Mental disposition or attitude (noun)
  • A practice or substance to which a person is addicted (noun)
  • The state of being dependent on something, esp a drug (noun)
  • The method of growth, type of existence, behaviour, or general appearance of a plant or animal (noun)
  • The customary apparel of a particular occupation, rank, etc, now esp the costume of a nun or monk (noun)
  • A woman's riding dress (noun)
  • To clothe (verb)

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Use "habit" in a sentence
  • "When work has become a habit, the intellectual level rises rapidly, and organized order causes good conduct to become a _habit_."
  • "In general, we may say that habit bears a twofold relation to attention: on the one hand, _facile attention shows the reign of habit_."
  • "Addiction is a tricky thing, and the first thing I believe our friend Sid would recommend is to explore whether what you are calling a habit is an addiction."