cohabit

verb
co·hab·it | \(ˌ)kō-ˈha-bət \
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 \ noun
cohabitation \(ˌ)kō-ˌha-bə-ˈtā-shən \ noun

Examples of cohabit in a Sentence

They cohabited in a small apartment in the city.

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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, chicagotribune.com, "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 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. NBC News, "'Living apart together': A new option for older adults," 11 May 2018 Of the partnered group, 39% were in LAT relationships, according to a more focused definition of this arrangement, compared with 31% who were dating (a less committed, shorter-term relationship) and 30% who were cohabiting. Time, "Older Couples Are Increasingly Living Apart. Here’s Why," 10 May 2018 Research strongly suggests that humans who cohabit with pets — especially dogs and cats — live longer. Denise Davidson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Local veterinarian shares stories of unforgettable patients," 8 Apr. 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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cohabit

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cohabit

: to live together and have a sexual relationship

co·hab·it | \kō-ˈha-bət \

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 \ noun

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