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Definition of "cohere" [co•here]

  • To stick or hold together in a mass that resists separation. (verb-intransitive)
  • To have internal elements or parts logically connected so that aesthetic consistency results: "The movie as a whole failed to cohere” ( Robert Brustein). (verb-intransitive)
  • To cause to form a united, orderly, and aesthetically consistent whole. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cohere" in a sentence
  • "But the efforts to distance themselves from blacks did not cohere into a new Italian American racial identity and culture until the 1940s."
  • "We suggest instead that Mormons cohere because they are a religious group that resembles an ethnicity—one based on belief, not blood."
  • "Milieu: Separate locales cohere across the suturing of scenes -- e.g. in one scene the character is on the road; in the next they are booking into the motel."