- 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)
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Examples from the Web for cohabited
She became a cow, and the other a bull, and he cohabited with her.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1
The circulation of Fleet paper was generally intrusted to profligate women, who cohabited with the men who made them.
Illegitimacy is only attached to those who are born before their mothers have cohabited with any man by the title of husband.
I cohabited with poisonous snakes, and pinched the red crest of the dragon.The Real Shelley, Vol. I (of 2)
John Cordy Jeaffreson
She was about the same age with Tiberius, who was now forty seven, and they had not cohabited for many years.The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars, Complete
C. Suetonius Tranquillus
- (intr) to live together as husband and wife, esp without being married
C16: via Late Latin, from Latin co- together + habitāre to live
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Word Origin and History for cohabited
euphemism since 1530s to describe a couple living together without benefit of marriage; back-formation from cohabitation. Related: Cohabited; cohabiting.
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