late 14c., from Old French enhabiter, enabiter "dwell in, live in, reside" (12c.), from Latin inhabitare "to dwell in," from in- "in" (from PIE root *en "in") + habitare "to dwell," frequentative of habere "to hold, have" (from PIE root *ghabh- "to give or receive"). Formerly also enhabit. Related: Inhabited; inhabiting.
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