Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To live together in a sexual relationship, especially when not legally married.
  • intransitive v. To coexist, as animals of different species.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To reside with another as if married or as a married couple.
  • v. To coexist in common environs with.
  • v. To engage in sexual intercourse; see coition.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To inhabit or reside in company, or in the same place or country.
  • intransitive v. To dwell or live together as husband and wife.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To dwell together; inhabit or reside in company or in the same place or country.
  • Specifically To dwell or live together as husband and wife: often with reference to persons not legally married, and usually, but not always, implying sexual intercourse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. share living quarters; usually said of people who are not married and live together as a couple

Etymologies

Late Latin cohabitāre : Latin co-, co- + Latin habitāre, to dwell; see inhabit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin cohabitō; co- + habitō ("I dwell, I live in"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Gesenius considers this equivalent with "cohabit;" and from this single passage draws the sense which he assigns to [Hebrew: 'iyzebel] This seems rather far-fetched.

    Notes and Queries, Number 59, December 14, 1850

  • All very well for the poor child to make a false step ... or two false steps; but this thing of getting into a 'cohabit' with a monk, and he her uncle, that is a 'hulimination' for the family.

    Caesar or Nothing

  • Speculation that the Labour peer might "cohabit" uncomfortably with a Tory foreign secretary appears misplaced and Cameron has privately assured Ashton of his support.

    The Guardian World News

  • Nkunda, also urged the region's disparate ethnic groups to "cohabit" peacefully.

    Yahoo! News: Top Stories

  • Ex-slaves were warned by bureau officials that “the loose ideas which have prevailed among you on this subject must cease,” and that “no race of mankind can be expected to become exalted in the scale of humanity, whose sexes, without any binding obligation, cohabit promiscuously together.”

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Language is one of those hands, perhaps the most important of all, as language is the medium through which we all experience and engage with the world we cohabit.

    The English Is Coming!

  • No amount of yogic incantation can harmonize these split personae; the solution is to break the banks into functional units, so that merger experts, market makers and proprietary traders no longer cohabit.

    Robert Teitelman: Goldman Sachs, Business Standards and the Critics

  • His comments came amid growing concern that the estimated two million couples who cohabit are not protected from financial hardship should they split up.

    Top judge wants fair shares for unmarried couples who break up

  • I think if the United States' relationship is a marriage of convenience, this is one where they both want to cohabit in a sense.

    Reeling After Osama, Pakistan Turns to Longtime Friend China

  • Another room evokes Mr. Wall's concern with scale, as pieces by Frank Stella and Carl Andre cohabit with his "The Storyteller" 1986, a large photo showing people sitting on the grass beneath an overpass.

    Jeff Wall's 'Crooked Path'

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