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noun British English pronunciation: habit /ˈhæbɪt/ 
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singularhabit
pluralhabits
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] something that you do often or regularly, often without thinking about it

    healthy eating habits

    a good/bad habit:

    He had acquired some rather bad habits at college.

    be in the habit of doing something:

    They were in the habit of going for long walks.

    get in/into the habit of doing something:

    George has got into the habit of going to bed late.

    out of habit/from force of habit (=because it is what you usually do):

    Whenever I walk by her building I look up at her window from sheer force of habit.

    1. a.
      [countable] something that you often do without intending to or without realizing that you are doing it, which can annoy other people
      have the habit of doing something:

      He had the annoying habit of tapping the table when he was nervous.

    2. b.
      [countable] a physical need to do something regularly such as smoke cigarettes or take drugs

      He started stealing to finance his heroin habit.

      kick/break the habit (=stop it):

      Over 10 million smokers have succeeded in kicking the habit.

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