Definition of cohabit in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəʊˈhabɪt/

verb (cohabits, cohabiting, cohabited)

[no object]
1Live together and have a sexual relationship without being married: an increasing number of couples are cohabiting Mary is now cohabiting with Paul
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  • The person was cohabiting with the mother of the child in a relationship of some permanence at the time of the birth of the child.
  • Lately the idea of being married or cohabiting with someone has been rather appealing, strictly from an convenience/economics point of view.
  • He was dismissed after the evangelical vicar discovered that he had long been cohabiting with his long-standing partner.
2Coexist: animals that can cohabit with humans thrive
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  • I have no desire to cohabit with a hound, however high-bred.
  • How will the general cohabit with a parliament largely hostile to him?
  • This film seems intended to suggest that he preferred to cohabit with animals rather than American citizens during the Vietnam War.



Example sentences
  • Now we've got a culture that has got a larger number of cohabitants than the 1960s, and that's because we have a generation of kids who've lived with divorce.
  • My cohabitants at the motel had warned me against accepting free drinks (‘they spike them’).
  • Given that in some countries the rights of cohabitants are recognised in law, the most sensible thing for politicians to do would be to turn this fiction into reality.


Pronunciation: /kəʊhabɪˈtiː/
Example sentences
  • There is still in England no legal recognition for a common-law relationship with partners or cohabitees, though in some areas such as pensions there have been concessions.
  • Most unmarried couples eventually decide to get married or split up, suggesting that only a minority of couples wish to stay as cohabitees for their entire lives together.
  • There is currently no recognised legal state for cohabitees.


Example sentences
  • Despite the meticulous period setting, the production is not about 1956 but about Jimmy Porter and his similarly intriguing cohabiters.
  • Because of the lack of any relevant legislation dealing with the rights of cohabiters, she would be in serious difficulties if he were to die suddenly.
  • About 69% of the couples were living together prior to marriage, with the cohabiters living together an average of 21 months.


Mid 16th century: from Latin cohabitare, from co- 'together' + habitare 'dwell'.

Words that rhyme with cohabit

Babbitt, habit, rabbet, rabbit

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Line breaks: co|habit

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