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Meaning & Definition of Habit in English

English

Habit

/hæbət/

noun

1. An established custom

  • "It was their habit to dine at 7 every evening"
    synonym:
  • habit
  • ,
  • wont

2. (psychology) an automatic pattern of behavior in reaction to a specific situation

  • May be inherited or acquired through frequent repetition
  • "Owls have nocturnal habits"
  • "She had a habit twirling the ends of her hair"
  • "Long use had hardened him to it"
    synonym:
  • habit
  • ,
  • use

3. A distinctive attire worn by a member of a religious order

    synonym:
  • habit

4. The general form or mode of growth (especially of a plant or crystal)

  • "A shrub of spreading habit"
    synonym:
  • habit

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

    synonym:
  • habit
  • ,
  • riding habit

6. Excessive use of drugs

    synonym:
  • substance abuse
  • ,
  • drug abuse
  • ,
  • habit

verb

1. Put a habit on

    synonym:
  • habit

Examples of using

I'm trying to break myself of the habit.
I'm in the habit of sleeping late on Sundays.
She has the bad habit of always being late.