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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 hab·it /ˈhæbət/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 hab·it /ˈhæbət/ 名詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Hab·it n.
 1. The usual condition or state of a person or thing, either natural or acquired, regarded as something had, possessed, and firmly retained; as, a religious habit; his habit is morose; elms have a spreading habit; esp., physical temperament or constitution; as, a full habit of body.
 2. Biol. The general appearance and manner of life of a living organism. Specifically, the tendency of a plant or animal to grow in a certain way; as, the deciduous habit of certain trees.
 3. Fixed or established custom; ordinary course of conduct; practice; usage; hence, prominently, the involuntary tendency or aptitude to perform certain actions which is acquired by their frequent repetition; as, habit is second nature; also, peculiar ways of acting; characteristic forms of behavior.
    A man of very shy, retired habits.   --W. Irving.
 4. Outward appearance; attire; dress; hence, a garment; esp., a closely fitting garment or dress worn by ladies; as, a riding habit.
    Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy.   --Shak.
    There are, among the statues, several of Venus, in different habits.   --Addison.
 Syn: -- Practice; mode; manner; way; custom; fashion.
 Usage: -- Habit, Custom.  Habit is a disposition or tendency leading us to do easily, naturally, and with growing certainty, what we do often; custom is external, being habitual use or the frequent repetition of the same act.  The two operate reciprocally on each other.  The custom of giving produces a habit of liberality; habits of devotion promote the custom of going to church.  Custom also supposes an act of the will, selecting given modes of procedure; habit is a law of our being, a kind of “second nature” which grows up within us.
    How use doth breed a habit in a man!   --Shak.
 He who reigns . . . upheld by old repute,
 Consent, or custom   --Milton.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Hab·it v. t. [imp. & p. p. Habited; p. pr. & vb. n. Habiting.]
 1. To inhabit. [Obs.]
    In thilke places as they [birds] habiten.    --Rom. of R.
 2. To dress; to clothe; to array.
    They habited themselves like those rural deities.   --Dryden.
 3. To accustom; to habituate. [Obs.]   --Chapman.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: an established custom; "it was their habit to dine at 7
           every evening" [syn: wont]
      2: a pattern of behavior acquired through frequent repetition;
         "she had a habit twirling the ends of her hair"; "long use
         had hardened him to it" [syn: use, wont]
      3: (religion) a distinctive attire (as the costume of a
         religious order)
      4: excessive use of drugs [syn: substance abuse, drug abuse]
      v : put a habit on