cohabit

[koh-hab-it]

verb (used without object)

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.

Nearby words

  1. cogswell chair,
  2. cogwheel,
  3. cogwheel respiration,
  4. cogwheel rigidity,
  5. cohab,
  6. cohabitate,
  7. cohabitation,
  8. cohan,
  9. cohan, george m.,
  10. cohan, george michael

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 cohabitation

cohabitation

noun

the state or condition of living together as husband and wife without being married
(of political parties) the state or condition of cooperating for specific purposes without forming a coalition

cohabit

verb

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

Word Origin for cohabit

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

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