co·​hab·​it | \ (ˌ)kō-ˈha-bət How to pronounce cohabit (audio) \
cohabited; cohabiting; cohabits

Definition of cohabit

intransitive verb

1 : to live together as or as if a married couple They cohabited in a small apartment.
2a : to live together or in company buffaloes cohabiting with crossbred cowsBiol. Abstracts
b : to exist together … two strains in his philosophy … cohabit in each of his major works.— Justus Buchler So riches seemed to provoke their own discomfort, and affluence cohabited with anxiety.— Simon Schama

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Other Words from cohabit

cohabitant \ (ˌ)kō-​ˈha-​bə-​tənt How to pronounce cohabitant (audio) \ noun
cohabitation \ (ˌ)kō-​ˌha-​bə-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce cohabitation (audio) \ noun

Examples of cohabit in a Sentence

They cohabited in a small apartment in the city.

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Americans are getting married later, divorcing more often, and cohabiting with partners without marrying. Jennifer Bernstein, Vox, "Even as I question the institution of marriage and all its traditions, I find myself still wanting a ring.," 3 July 2019 As in all communities, cohabiting bacteria need ways to exchange messages. Quanta Magazine, "Bacteria Use Brainlike Bursts of Electricity to Communicate," 5 Sep. 2017 Beyond vetting purposes, Kaitlin informed me, cohabiting has other functions. Karley Sciortino, Vogue, "Breathless: Is Living Together Worth the Risk?," 26 Mar. 2019 While not working, these men live off their savings or the income of their spouse or cohabiting partner. N. Gregory Mankiw, New York Times, "Why Aren’t More Men Working?," 15 June 2018 What is a little more surprising, though, is just how much that number has jumped even in just the past handful of years: Around 18 million adults in the U.S. were in cohabiting living situations in 2016, up 29 percent from 2007. Cari Romm, The Cut, "What a New CDC Study Reveals About People Who Live With Their Significant Others," 6 June 2018 Now, there is close to a decade in between then and when most adults get married now, leaving individuals to navigate other cohabiting options. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "That 30-Year-Old Who Got Evicted By His Parents Is Just One of Millions of Millennials Who Still Live at Home," 24 May 2018 The statistics concerning the risk to children when a parent cohabits with a nonrelative are shocking. Amy Dickinson,, "Grandparents worry about toddler's welfare," 1 May 2018 Of the partnered group, 39 percent were in LAT relationships, according to a more focused definition of this arrangement, compared with 31 percent who were dating (a less committed, shorter-term relationship) and 30 percent who were cohabiting. Judith Graham, Washington Post, "Living Apart Together: A New Option for Older Adults," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of cohabit

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cohabit

Late Latin cohabitare, from Latin co- + habitare to inhabit, from frequentative of habēre to have — more at give

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English Language Learners Definition of cohabit

formal : to live together and have a sexual relationship
co·​hab·​it | \ kō-ˈha-bət How to pronounce cohabit (audio) \

Legal Definition of cohabit

: to live together as a married couple or in the manner of a married couple

Other Words from cohabit

cohabitation \ kō-​ˌha-​bə-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce cohabitation (audio) \ noun

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