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[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
cohabitant, cohabiter, noun
cohabitation, noun
noncohabitation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cohabit
  • They often ignore the fact that those who cohabit longest are typically between marriages.
  • Parties to a prohibited marriage need only cohabit after the removal of the impediment to be lawfully married.
  • Examined extent to which couples who marry cohabit prior to marriage.
British Dictionary definitions for cohabit


(intransitive) to live together as husband and wife, esp without being married
Derived Forms
cohabitee, cohabitant, cohabiter, noun
Word Origin
C16: via Late Latin, from Latin co- together + habitāre to live
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Word Origin and History for cohabit

euphemism since 1530s to describe a couple living together without benefit of marriage; back-formation from cohabitation. Related: Cohabited; cohabiting.

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