v. in·hab·it·ed, in·hab·it·ing, in·hab·its
1. To live or reside in: Dinosaurs inhabited the earth millions of years ago.
2. To be present in; fill: Old childhood memories inhabit the attic.
[Middle English enhabiten, from Old French enhabiter, from Latin inhabitāre : in-, in; see IN-2 + habitāre, to dwell, frequentative of habēre, to have; see ghabh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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