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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [huh-bil-i-teyt]
    • /həˈbɪl ɪˌteɪt/
    • /hə.ˈbɪ.lɪ.teɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [huh-bil-i-teyt]
    • /həˈbɪl ɪˌteɪt/

Definitions of habilitate word

  • verb with object habilitate to clothe or dress. 1
  • verb with object habilitate to make fit. 1
  • verb without object habilitate to become fit. 1
  • noun habilitate Fit out the workings of (a mine). 1
  • verb habilitate to equip and finance (a mine) 0
  • verb habilitate to qualify for office 0

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Origin of habilitate

First appearance:

before 1595
One of the 38% oldest English words
1595-1605; < Medieval Latin habilitātus, past participle of habilitāre to make fit. See ability, -ate1

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Parts of speech for Habilitate


habilitate popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 48% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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Synonyms for habilitate

verb habilitate

  • drape — to cover or hang with cloth or other fabric, especially in graceful folds; adorn with drapery.
  • dress up — of or for a dress or dresses.
  • swaddle — to bind (an infant, especially a newborn infant) with long, narrow strips of cloth to prevent free movement; wrap tightly with clothes.
  • swathe — to wrap, bind, or swaddle with bands of some material; wrap up closely or fully.
  • fit — adapted or suited; appropriate: This water isn't fit for drinking. A long-necked giraffe is fit for browsing treetops.

Antonyms for habilitate

verb habilitate

  • uncover — to lay bare; disclose; reveal.
  • disrobe — Take off one's clothes.
  • reveal — to make known; disclose; divulge: to reveal a secret.
  • open — not closed or barred at the time, as a doorway by a door, a window by a sash, or a gateway by a gate: to leave the windows open at night.
  • unclothe — to strip of clothes.

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