habit Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “habit” in the English Dictionary

"habit" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈhæb.ɪt/

habit noun (REPEATED ACTION)

B1 [C or U] something that you do often and ​regularly, sometimes without ​knowing that you are doing it: I always ​buy the same ​brand of ​toothpaste out of (= because of) habit. I'm ​trying not to get into (= ​start) the habit of always having ​biscuits with my ​coffee. I used to ​swimtwice a ​week, but I ​seem to have got out of (= ​ended) the habit ​recently. I was ​taught to ​drive by my ​boyfriend and I'm ​afraid I've picked up (= ​caught) some of his ​bad habits. I'm ​trying to get him to break (= end ​intentionally) the habit of ​switching on the TV when he comes ​home at ​night. I don't ​mind being ​woken up ​once or ​twice in the ​middle of the ​night by my ​flatmate so ​long as she doesn't make a habit of it (= do it ​frequently). I'm not really in the habit oflooking at (= I don't usually ​look at) other people's ​clothes, but ​even I ​noticed that ​awfulsuit!B2 [C] something ​annoying that someone often does: She has a habit offinishing off other people's ​sentences.B2 [C] a ​strongphysical need to ​keep taking a ​particulardrug: a ​cocaine habitfigurative humorous I'm ​afraid I've got a ​chocolate habit.
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habit noun (CLOTHING)

[C] a ​specialpiece of ​longclothingworn by monks and nuns
(Definition of habit from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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habitnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈhæb·ɪt/
a ​particularact or way of ​acting that you ​tend to do ​regularly: [U] Judy is in the habit of ​sleeping late on ​Sundays. [U] I have the habit of ​checking my ​e-mail as ​soon as I ​log on to my ​computer. [C] Eating between ​meals is a ​bad habit.
(Definition of habit from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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