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

v 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

v be present in

“sweet memories inhabit this house”
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

v 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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