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cohabit

[koh-hab-it]
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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.
  3. to dwell with another or share the same place, as different species of animals.
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Origin of cohabit

1520–30; < Late Latin cohabitāre, equivalent to co- co- + habitāre to have possession, abide (frequentative of habēre to have, own)
Related formsco·hab·it·ant, co·hab·it·er, nounco·hab·i·ta·tion, nounnon·co·hab·i·ta·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cohabitant

cohabit

verb
  1. (intr) to live together as husband and wife, esp without being married
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Derived Formscohabitee, cohabitant or cohabiter, noun

Word Origin

C16: via Late Latin, from Latin co- together + habitāre to live
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Word Origin and History for cohabitant

cohabit

v.

euphemism since 1530s to describe a couple living together without benefit of marriage; back-formation from cohabitation. Related: Cohabited; cohabiting.

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