August 20, 2014
inhabit (verb)
\in-HAB-it\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to live or dwell in
How do you use it?
The children like to play a game in which they imagine that tiny forest people inhabit the gnarled roots of the giant oak tree.
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Only one of the statements below about the word "inhabit" is true. Which one do you think it is?

"Debt"" and "inhabit" can both be traced back to the Latin word "habere," meaning "to have." From that common point, the words went in two very different directions. One form of "habere" is "habitare," meaning "to dwell." It's this form plus the prefix "in-"" that eventually became "inhabit." "Debt" comes from "habere" plus the prefix "de-." Together these formed the Latin word "debere" meaning "to owe," which eventually led to our word "debt." Other words that come from "habere" range widely in meaning and include "able," "exhibit," "habit" and "inhibit."
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