[ koh-hab-it ]
/ koʊˈhæb ɪt /

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.

Origin of cohabit

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

Related forms

co·hab·it·ant, co·hab·it·er, nounco·hab·i·ta·tion, nounnon·co·hab·i·ta·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cohabitation

British Dictionary definitions for cohabitation (1 of 2)


/ (kəʊˌhæbɪˈteɪʃən) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for cohabitation (2 of 2)


/ (kəʊˈhæbɪt) /


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

Derived Forms

cohabitee, cohabitant or cohabiter, noun

Word Origin for cohabit

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