Etymology
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habilitate (v.)

c. 1600 (transitive) "to qualify," from Medieval Latin habilitatus, past participle of habilitare, from habile "fit, suitable" (see able). Intransitive meaning "obtain necessary qualifications" is from 1881. Related: Habilitated; habilitation.

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Definitions of habilitate

habilitate (v.)
qualify for teaching at a university in Europe;
He habilitated after his sabbatical at a prestigious American university
habilitate (v.)
provide with clothes or put clothes on;
Synonyms: dress / clothe / enclothe / garb / raiment / tog / garment / fit out / apparel
From wordnet.princeton.edu