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Pronunciation:  in'veturit

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In*vet"er*ate\, a. [L. inveteratus, p. p. of
    inveterare to render old; pref. in- in + vetus, veteris, old.
    See {Veteran}.]
    1. Old; long-established. [Obs.]
             It is an inveterate and received opinion. --Bacon.
    2. Firmly established by long continuance; obstinate;
       deep-rooted; of long standing; as, an inveterate disease;
       an inveterate abuse.
             Heal the inveterate canker of one wound. --Shak.
    3. Having habits fixed by long continuance; confirmed;
       habitual; as, an inveterate idler or smoker.
    4. Malignant; virulent; spiteful. --H. Brooke.
  2. \In*vet"er*ate\, v. t.
    To fix and settle by long continuance. [Obs.] --Bacon.
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