Definition of cohere
2 : to hold together as a mass of parts that cohere
3a : to become united in principles, relationships, or interestsb : to be logically or aesthetically consistent
: to cause (parts or components) to cohere
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>
Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of cohere
Latin cohaerēre, from co- + haerēre to stick
First Known Use: 1598
Synonym Discussion of cohere
COHERE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cohere for English Language Learners
: to be combined or united in a logical and effective way
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