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Definition of "habit" []

  • 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)

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 "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."