- 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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- (intr) to live together as husband and wife, esp without being married
Word Origin for cohabit
C16: via Late Latin, from Latin co- together + habitāre to live
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euphemism since 1530s to describe a couple living together without benefit of marriage; back-formation from cohabitation. Related: Cohabited; cohabiting.
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