[ koh-heer ]
/ koʊˈhɪər /

verb (used without object), co·hered, co·her·ing.

to stick together; be united; hold fast, as parts of the same mass: The particles of wet flour cohered to form a paste.
Physics. (of two or more similar substances) to be united within a body by the action of molecular forces.
to be naturally or logically connected: Without sound reasoning no argument will cohere.
to agree; be congruous: Her account of the incident cohered with his.

Nearby words

  1. coheir,
  2. coheiress,
  3. cohen,
  4. cohen, morris raphael,
  5. cohenite,
  6. coherence,
  7. coherence theory,
  8. coherent,
  9. coherent control,
  10. coherent light

Origin of cohere

1590–1600; < Latin cohaerēre, equivalent to co- co- + haerēre to stick, cling

1. See stick2. 3. follow. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (kəʊˈhɪə) /

verb (intr)

to hold or stick firmly together
to be connected logically; be consistent
physics to be held together by the action of molecular forces

Word Origin for cohere

C16: from Latin cohaerēre from co- together + haerēre to cling, adhere

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Word Origin and History for cohere



1590s, from Latin cohaerere "to cleave together," in transferred use, "be coherent or consistent," from com- "together" (see co-) + haerere "to stick" (see hesitation). Related: Cohered; cohering.

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