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English noun: habit

1. habit (cognition) an established custom

SamplesIt was their habit to dine at 7 every evening.


Broader (hypernym)custom, tradition

2. habit (act) (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation; may be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition

SamplesOwls have nocturnal habits.
She had a habit twirling the ends of her hair.
Long use had hardened him to it.


Broader (hypernym)custom, usage, usance

Narrower (hyponym)cleanliness, ritual, second nature

Domain categorypsychological science, psychology

3. habit (artifact) a distinctive attire worn by a member of a religious order

Broader (hypernym)attire, dress, garb

Narrower (hyponym)frock, monastic habit, nun's habit

Domain categoryfaith, religion, religious belief

4. habit (process) the general form or mode of growth (especially of a plant or crystal)

SamplesA shrub of spreading habit.

Broader (hypernym)development, growing, growth, maturation, ontogenesis, ontogeny

5. habit (artifact) attire that is typically worn by a horseback rider (especially a woman's attire)

Synonymsriding habit

Broader (hypernym)attire, dress, garb

Part holonymjodhpur breeches, jodhpurs, riding boot, riding breeches

6. habit (act) excessive use of drugs

Synonymsdrug abuse, substance abuse

Broader (hypernym)abuse, misuse

Narrower (hyponym)alcohol abuse, alcoholic abuse, alcoholism abuse

English verb: habit

1. habit (body) put a habit on

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)apparel, clothe, dress, enclothe, fit out, garb, garment, habilitate, raiment, tog

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