Definition of cohabit
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 cows — Biol. Abstractsb : 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
cohabitantplay \(ˌ)kō-ˈha-bə-tənt\ noun
cohabitationplay \(ˌ)kō-ˌha-bə-ˈtā-shən\ noun
Examples of cohabit in a Sentence
They cohabited in a small apartment in the city.
Recent Examples of cohabit from the Web
The decline occurred only among cohabiting or married individuals rather than their single or dating counterparts.
But Tobias and colleagues suspected that species that cohabit tend to be older than those that live apart.
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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
First Known Use: circa 1530
COHABIT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cohabit for English Language Learners
: to live together and have a sexual relationship
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