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”
    synonyms: 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
    type of:
    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”
    synonyms: dwell
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    be, exist
    have an existence, be extant
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