Etymology: Middle English enhabiten, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French inhabiter, enhabiter, from Latin inhabitare, from in- + habitare to dwell, frequentative of habēre to have — more at give
Date: 14th century
1. to occupy as a place of settled residence or habitat ; live in <inhabit a small house> 2. to be present in or occupy in any manner or form <the human beings who inhabit this tale — Al Newman> intransitive verb archaic to have residence in a place ; dwell • inhabitable adjective • inhabiter noun
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.