When you inhabit a place, you live there. When actors inhabit their roles, they seem to become the characters, no longer actors reciting their lines. It is like they live the life of the character.

The verb inhabit comes from the Old French enhabiter, meaning “dwell in.” You can inhabit an actual place, like a home, a cave, or a neighborhood. You can also inhabit an imaginary world, like those who choose to inhabit cyberspace with a made-up persona, telling about experiences that are nothing like the person’s real life. Actors who truly inhabit their roles sometimes struggle to return to reality after a movie or television show wraps.

Definitions of inhabit
  1. verb

    inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of

    “The people
    inhabited the islands that are now deserted”
    dwell, live, populate
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    occupy as a tenant
    neighbor, neighbour

    live or be located as a neighbor
    lodge in, occupy, reside

    live (in a certain place)
    domicile, domiciliate, reside, shack

    make one’s home in a particular place or community

    furnish with people

    cause to have too great a population
    cohabit, live together, shack up

    share living quarters; usually said of people who are not married and live together as a couple

    be a lodger; stay temporarily
    bivouac, camp, camp out, encamp, tent

    live in or as if in a tent

    inhabit a nest, usually after building
    board, room

    live and take one’s meals at or in
    move in

    occupy a place

    live in the country and lead a rustic life
    stay at

    reside temporarily

    occupy (a dwelling) illegally
    sleep over, stay over

    stay overnight

    occupy, usually uninvited

    marry or cohabit with a person of another race
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    occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

  2. verb

    be present in

    “sweet memories
    inhabit this house”
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    live on or in a host, as of parasites
    infest, invade, overrun

    occupy in large numbers or live on a host
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    occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

  3. verb

    exist or be situated within

    “Strange notions
    inhabited her mind”
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    be, exist

    have an existence, be extant

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