cohabit

verb co·hab·it \ (ˌ)kō-ˈha-bət \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of cohabit

intransitive verb
1 :to live together as or as if a married couple
  • They cohabited in a small apartment.
2 a :to live together or in company
  • buffaloes cohabiting with crossbred cows
  • Biol. 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

cohabitant

play \(ˌ)kō-ˈha-bə-tənt\ noun

cohabitation

play \(ˌ)kō-ˌha-bə-ˈtā-shən\ noun

Examples of cohabit in a Sentence

  1. They cohabited in a small apartment in the city.

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Origin and Etymology of cohabit

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


COHABIT Defined for English Language Learners

cohabit

verb

Definition of cohabit for English Language Learners

  • : to live together and have a sexual relationship


Law Dictionary

cohabit

intransitive verb 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

cohabitation

play \kō-ˌha-bə-ˈtā-shən\ noun


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