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

Other Words from cohabit

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

Examples of cohabit in a Sentence

They cohabited in a small apartment in the city.
Recent Examples on the Web Bald eagles are no longer hunted and have adapted to cohabit with humans. Lilly Price,, 28 Feb. 2022 Screenwriter Dennis Kelly dramatizes it through the close-quarters friction between a London couple (James McAvoy and Sharon Horgan) who are no longer in love but cohabit for the sake of their school-age child. Armond White, National Review, 3 Sep. 2021 In recent years the number of cohabiting unmarried couples has risen sharply. Vicky Spratt,, 4 May 2020 For all the martial metaphors that politicians on both sides of the Atlantic like to invoke, humanity is not so much at war with the virus as uneasily, unwillingly cohabiting with it, with nowhere more hospitable to escape to. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 9 May 2020 The Pew data show, for instance, that the chief reason cohabiting partners offer for not being married is a lack of financial readiness., 21 Nov. 2019 One big difference: Sometimes that means the residents will be cohabiting with other preppers, not just their immediate family. Carolyn Said,, 25 Mar. 2020 After two years of cohabiting as friends, Mr. Monahan and Ms. Hamel became romantically involved for a year, then broke up. Joanne Kaufman, New York Times, 31 Jan. 2020 The Pew data show, for instance, that the chief reason cohabiting partners offer for not being married is a lack of financial readiness., 21 Nov. 2019 See More

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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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intransitive verb
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 cohabit (audio) \ noun

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