- to live together as if married, usually without legal or religious sanction.
- to live together in an intimate relationship.
- to dwell with another or share the same place, as different species of animals.
Origin of cohabit
Examples from the Web for cohabiting
These days, a child born to an unwed mother is much more likely to be part of a cohabiting family.
In 2002 and the years 2006-10, the percentage of children born to cohabiting parents rose from 41 percent to 58 percent.
The numbers below the numbers show that a lot of people are cohabiting, just not marrying.Question of the Day: Elena Kagan
March 26, 2013
One study found that cohabiting women are more likely to gain weight.The Case for Cohabitation
April 18, 2012
Furthermore, for those thinking about marriage, or even about improving a cohabiting relationship, abstinence is irrelevant.Rick Santorum’s Phony Marriage Attack on Obama
January 18, 2012
As they are all a part of the universal church, cohabiting in one nation.A Christian Directory
I have surprised the Girdled Anthidium cohabiting with a Bembex-wasp.Bramble-bees and Others
J. Henri Fabre
In Pennsylvania as early as 1677 a white servant was indicted for cohabiting with a Negro.A Social History of The American Negro
But this does not mean that they are to entirely refrain from cohabiting, in order to keep from having children!Sane Sex Life and Sane Sex Living
Nor is any body at all scrupulous about cohabiting with a young woman afterwards, though she has been in this manner abused.
- (intr) to live together as husband and wife, esp without being married
Word Origin and History for cohabiting
euphemism since 1530s to describe a couple living together without benefit of marriage; back-formation from cohabitation. Related: Cohabited; cohabiting.