[ koh-hab-it ]
See synonyms for: cohabitcohabitantcohabitation on

verb (used without object)
  1. to live together as if married, usually without legal or religious sanction.

  2. to live together in an intimate relationship.

  1. to dwell with another or share the same place, as different species of animals.

Origin of cohabit

1520–30; <Late Latin cohabitāre, equivalent to co-co- + habitāre to have possession, abide (frequentative of habēre to have, own)

Other words from cohabit

  • co·hab·it·ant, co·hab·it·er, noun
  • co·hab·i·ta·tion, noun
  • non·co·hab·i·ta·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use cohabit in a sentence

  • Alas, that the beloved cohabitant of his dream-castle must lie in death a thousand leagues away!

    Literary Shrines | Theodore F. Wolfe

British Dictionary definitions for cohabit


/ (kəʊˈhæbɪt) /

  1. (intr) to live together as husband and wife, esp without being married

Origin of cohabit

C16: via Late Latin, from Latin co- together + habitāre to live

Derived forms of cohabit

  • cohabitee, cohabitant or cohabiter, noun

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