habit Definition

  • 1a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up
  • 2a long piece of clothing worn by monks and nuns

Using habit: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "habit" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Smoking is a bad habit.

  • Example

    She has a habit of biting her nails when she's nervous.

  • Example

    It takes 21 days to break a habit.

  • Example

    Wearing a habit is a sign of religious devotion.

habit Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using habit

  • it is difficult to change long-standing habits or behaviors


    Even though he knew it was bad for him, he couldn't stop smoking. Old habits die hard.

  • to develop a habit without intending to


    I fell into the habit of staying up late and watching TV.

  • someone who likes to do the same things at the same time every day


    He's a creature of habit and always eats the same breakfast every morning.

Phrases with habit

  • to start doing something regularly


    I need to get into the habit of exercising every day.

  • to stop doing something that is a bad habit


    He finally kicked the habit and stopped smoking.

  • to do something regularly or often


    She makes a habit of arriving early to meetings.

Origins of habit

from Old French 'habit', meaning 'clothing'


Summary: habit in Brief

The term 'habit' [ˈhæbɪt] refers to a regular tendency or practice that is difficult to give up. It can be good or bad, such as 'Smoking is a bad habit.' 'Habit' also refers to the long piece of clothing worn by monks and nuns. Phrases like 'get into the habit of' and 'kick the habit' are commonly used. Idioms like 'old habits die hard' and 'a creature of habit' denote the difficulty of changing established behaviors.

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