habit


habit
noun
ADJECTIVE
annoying, antisocial (BrE), bad, dangerous, destructive, dirty, disconcerting (BrE), disgusting, filthy, horrible, irritating, nasty, poor, terrible, unfortunate

Life has a nasty habit of repeating itself.

poor eating habits

charming (often ironic), endearing, good

one of his more endearing habits

her charming habit of setting fire to cats

curious, eccentric, odd, peculiar, strange, unusual, weird
unhealthy

The children are developing unhealthy eating habits.

healthful (AmE), healthy
lifelong, old
daily, normal, regular, usual
ingrained

deeply ingrained habits of thought

nervous

It was a nervous habit she'd had for years.

expensive
personal, sexual, social

I found some of his personal habits rather disconcerting.

lifestyle

Healthy lifestyle habits begin when you're young.

mental

Mental habits are not easily changed.

buying, shopping, spending

an effort to change the buying habits of the British public

dietary, drinking, eating, feeding, food
exercise, sleeping, work

The pills affected your sleeping habits.

Ellington's work habits were a marvel to all.

reading, viewing

women's television viewing habits

cocaine, crack, drug, gambling, heroin, smoking

I'm trying to kick the smoking habit.

VERB + HABIT
be in, have

She had been in the habit of drinking five or six cups of coffee a day.

She has some very annoying habits.

He had an irritating habit of singing tunelessly around the house.

acquire, adopt, cultivate, develop, establish, fall into, form, get in, get into, make

I had fallen into my old bad habit of leaving everything until the last minute.

Try to get into good habits and eat regular healthy meals.

Make a habit of noting down any telephone messages.

become

Don't let eating between meals become a habit.

break (yourself of), get out of, give up, kick

a difficult habit to break

You must break yourself of the habit.

I got out of the habit of getting up early.

change
support

He turned to crime to support his habit.

HABIT + VERB
change

The nation's eating habits have changed significantly.

PREPOSITION
by habit

Much of what we do in daily life is done by habit.

from habit

I just did it from habit.

out of habit

I sat in my old seat purely out of habit.

PHRASES
a creature of habit

Horses are creatures of habit and like to have a daily routine.

force of habit

Mr Norris woke up early from force of habit.

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the habit of a lifetime

It's hard to change the habit of a lifetime.

a hard habit to break

Caffeine can be a hard habit to break.

old habits die hard

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  • habit — [ abi ] n. m. • XIIe; lat. habitus « manière d être », « costume » 1 ♦ Sing. Vieilli Pièce d habillement. ⇒ costume, vêtement. L étoffe d un habit. Habit de velours. 2 ♦ Plur. LES HABITS : l ensemble des pièces composant l habillement. ⇒ affaires …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Habit — • Habit is an effect of repeated acts and an aptitude to reproduce them, and may be defined as a quality difficult to change, whereby an agent whose nature it is to work one way or another indeterminately, is disposed easily and readily at will… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • habit — HABIT. s. m. Vestement, ce qui est fait exprés pour couvrir le corps humain, ce qui sert ordinairement à couvrir le corps humain. Habit d homme. habit de femme. habit decent, modeste. habit bien fait. habit mal fait. habit court. habit long.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Habit — Hab it (h[a^]b [i^]t) n. [OE. habit, abit, F. habit, fr. L. habitus state, appearance, dress, fr. habere to have, be in a condition; prob. akin to E. have. See {Have}, and cf. {Able}, {Binnacle}, {Debt}, {Due}, {Exhibit}, {Malady.}] 1. The usual… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • habit — n 1 Habit, habitude, practice, usage, custom, use, wont are comparable when they mean a way of behaving, doing, or proceeding that has become fixed by constant repetition. These words may be used also as collective or abstract nouns denoting… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Habit — may refer to: * Habit (psychology), an acquired pattern of behavior that often occurs automatically * Habituation, non associative learning in which there is a progressive diminution of behavioral response probability with repetition of a… …   Wikipedia

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  • habit — [hab′it] n. [ME < OFr < L habitus, condition, appearance, dress < pp. of habere, to have, hold < IE base * ghabh , to grasp, take > GIVE] 1. Obs. costume; dress 2. a particular costume showing rank, status, etc.; specif., a) a… …   English World dictionary

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