Definition of cohabit in English:

cohabit

Line breaks: co|habit
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.
    Synonyms
    live together, live with, live (together) as husband/man and wife, sleep with, sleep together
    informal shack up with
    informal , • dated live in sin, live over the brush
  • 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.

Derivatives

cohabitant

noun
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  • 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.

cohabitation

Pronunciation: /-ˈteɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
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  • Most cohabitation either breaks down or changes into marriage.
  • On average, not surprisingly, marriages last longer and are more stable than unmarried cohabitation.
  • Tribal life centred on a social security system that put a premium on cooperation and cohabitation over conflict and competition.

cohabitee

noun
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  • 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.

cohabiter

noun
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  • 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.

Origin

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

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