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From the Latin cohaereō (I cohere, I cling (closely) together, I harmonise, I am consistent (with), I am in agreement with).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /kəʊˈhɪə/
  • (US) IPA(key): /koʊˈhɪɚ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪə(ɹ)


cohere (third-person singular simple present coheres, present participle cohering, simple past and past participle cohered)

  1. (intransitive) To stick together physically, by adhesion.
    Separate molecules will cohere because of electromagnetic force.
    • 2018 July 19, Zoe Williams, “Can ditching meat and dairy open up new taste sensations? My week as a foodie vegan”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Nothing coheres the way you expect. Substances float around each other until you crush them all with a blender.
  2. (intransitive, figuratively) To be consistent as part of a group, or by common purpose.
    Members of the party would cohere in the message they were sending.
  3. (transitive, figuratively) To be consistent as part of a group, or by common purpose.
    This division suggests that Khamenei is not playing his usual role of cohering the regime during a crisis.
    • 2022 October 2, “Iran Crisis Update, October 2”, in Iran Project[2], Institute for the Study of War:

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  1. second-person singular present active imperative of cohēreō