Cohabit Co*hab"it, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Cohabited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Cohabiting}.] [L. cohabitare; co- + habitare to dwell, to have possession of (a place), freg. of habere to have. See {Habit}, n. & v.] 1. To inhabit or reside in company, or in the same place or country. [1913 Webster]

The Philistines were worsted by the captived ark . . . : they were not able to cohabit with that holy thing. --South. [1913 Webster]

2. To dwell or live together as husband and wife. [1913 Webster]

The law presumes that husband and wife cohabit together, even after a voluntary separation has taken place between them. --Bouvier. [1913 Webster]

Note: By the common law as existing in the United States, marriage is presumed when a man and woman cohabit permanently together, being reputed by those who know them to be husband and wife, and admitting the relationship. --Wharton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

(as husband and wife),

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  • cohabit — co·hab·it /kō ha bət/ vi: to live together as a married couple or in the manner of a married couple co·hab·i·ta·tion /kō ˌha bə tā shən/ n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

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  • cohabit — ► VERB (cohabited, cohabiting) 1) live together and have a sexual relationship without being married. 2) coexist. DERIVATIVES cohabitant noun cohabitation noun cohabitee noun. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

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  • cohabit — UK [kəʊˈhæbɪt] / US [ˌkoʊˈhæbɪt] verb [intransitive] Word forms cohabit : present tense I/you/we/they cohabit he/she/it cohabits present participle cohabiting past tense cohabited past participle cohabited formal if two people cohabit, they live… …   English dictionary

  • cohabit — v. (D; intr.) to cohabit with * * * [kəʊ hæbɪt] (D; intr.) to cohabit with …   Combinatory dictionary

  • cohabit — intransitive verb Etymology: Late Latin cohabitare, from Latin co + habitare to inhabit, from frequentative of habēre to have more at give Date: circa 1530 1. to live together as or as if a married couple 2. a. to live together or in …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cohabit — co|hab|it [ ,kou hæbıt ] verb intransitive FORMAL if two people cohabit, they live together and have a sexual relationship without being married ╾ co|hab|i|ta|tion [ kou,hæbı teıʃn ] noun uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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