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Definition of "habilitate" [ha•bil•i•tate]

  • To clothe. (verb-transitive)
  • To fit out or equip (a mine) for operation. (verb-transitive)
  • Obsolete To impart an ability or capacity to. (verb-transitive)
  • To qualify oneself for a post or office. (verb-intransitive)

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.

Use "habilitate" in a sentence
  • "In a controversial new book on the effects of infidelity on married life, Men, Love, Fidelity, Miss Vaillant says her aim is to “re-habilitate infidelity”."
  • "By the end of the decade, even Kuhn had problems obtaining students from the university, and assistants found it necessary to habilitate at other institutions far from"
  • "There are many ways of alleviating the social, health and criminal justice costs of dependent heroin (and other drug) use, in ways that engage, support and habilitate offenders and drug users."