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noun habit pronunciation in American English /ˈhæbɪt/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] something that you do often or regularly, often without thinking about it
    healthy eating habits
    a good/bad habit: Don’t pick up any bad habits from your friends.
    be in the habit of doing something: They were in the habit of taking long walks.
    get in/into the habit of doing something: George has gotten in the habit of calling me regularly.
    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.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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