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cohered; cohering

Definition of cohere

intransitive verb

1a : to hold together firmly as parts of the same mass broadly : stick, adhere
b : to display cohesion of plant parts
2 : to hold together as a mass of parts that cohere
3a : to become united in principles, relationships, or interests
b : to be logically or aesthetically consistent

transitive verb

: to cause (parts or components) to cohere

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stick, adhere, cohere, cling, cleave mean to become closely attached. stick implies attachment by affixing or by being glued together. couldn't get the label to stick adhere is often interchangeable with stick but sometimes implies a growing together. antibodies adhering to a virus cohere suggests a sticking together of parts so that they form a unified mass. eggs will make the mixture cohere cling implies attachment by hanging on with arms or tendrils. clinging to a capsized boat cleave stresses strength of attachment. the wet shirt cleaved to his back

Cohere vs Adhere

When you finish writing a paper, you may feel that it coheres well, since it's sharply focused and all the ideas seem to support each other. When all the soldiers in an army platoon feel like buddies, the platoon has become a cohesive unit. In science class you may learn the difference between cohesion (the tendency of a chemical's molecules to stick together) and adhesion (the tendency of the molecules of two different substances to stick together). Water molecules tend to cohere, so water falls from the sky in drops, not as separate molecules. But water molecules also adhere to molecules of other substances, so raindrops will often cling to the underside of a clothesline for a while before gravity pulls them down.

Examples of cohere in a Sentence

the account in his journal coheres with the official report of the battle beset by personal animosities, the people of the neighborhood could not cohere into an effective civic association
Recent Examples on the Web Herzog has stressed during his two-week campaign that his goal is to cohere Israel’s sectoral groups and strengthen ties with the Jewish communities in the diaspora, mainly in the United States. Yonat Friling, Fox News, 2 June 2021 When all these factors are present, individuals cohere into something far greater than the sum of their parts. David Carry, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Sensors, data, and information technologies cohere to make supply chains transparent and manageable. Simon Carpenter, Forbes, 12 May 2021 Although the Republican Party has yet to cohere around a set of organizing principles after its loss of the White House and Senate in 2020, Mr. Trump remains a central figure in GOP politics. Grace Segers, CBS News, 9 Apr. 2021 There is catharsis in the joint cry of outrage against plots that do not cohere, good characters that disappear without purpose, the unearned success of shallow, inept villains. Harper's BAZAAR, 24 Mar. 2021 In any event, Acaster packs his jokes into a tricky structure in which ideas cohere through metaphors and digressions. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2021 This and more is why the movement to fight anti-Asian violence struggles to cohere. Jerrine Tan, Wired, 19 Mar. 2021 It’s like a million different scribbles that don’t cohere into one picture. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 25 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of cohere

1598, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for cohere

borrowed from Latin cohaerēre "to stick together, be in contact with, be connected," from co- co- + haerēre "to be closely attached, stick," going back to a stem *hais-, of obscure origin

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10 Jun 2021

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“Cohere.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cohere

formal : to be combined or united in a logical and effective way

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