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cohere

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verb co·here \kō-ˈhir\

Simple Definition of cohere

  • : to be combined or united in a logical and effective way

Full Definition of cohere

co·heredco·her·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to hold together firmly as parts of the same mass; broadly :  stick, adhere b :  to display cohesion of plant parts

  3. 2 :  to hold together as a mass of parts that cohere

  4. 3 a :  to become united in principles, relationships, or interests b :  to be logically or aesthetically consistent

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  to cause (parts or components) to cohere

Examples of cohere

  1. <the account in his journal coheres with the official report of the battle>

  2. <beset by personal animosities, the people of the neighborhood could not cohere into an effective civic association>



Origin of cohere

Latin cohaerēre, from co- + haerēre to stick


First Known Use: 1598

Synonym Discussion of cohere

stick, adhere, cohere, cling, cleave mean to become closely attached. stick implies attachment by affixing or by being glued together <couldn't get the label to stick>. adhere is often interchangeable with stick but sometimes implies a growing together <antibodies adhering to a virus>. cohere suggests a sticking together of parts so that they form a unified mass <eggs will make the mixture cohere>. cling implies attachment by hanging on with arms or tendrils <clinging to a capsized boat>. cleave stresses strength of attachment <the wet shirt cleaved to his back>.


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