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1 come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation; "The dress clings to her body"; "The label stuck to the box"; "The sushi rice grains cohere" [syn: cling, cleave, adhere, stick]
2 cause to form a united, orderly, and aethestically consistent whole; "Religion can cohere social groups"
3 have internal elements or parts logically connected so that aesthetic consistency results; "the principles by which societies cohere"

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con- + hærere, to stick together.


  1. To stick together physically, by adhesion or figuratively by common purpose.
    Separate molecules will cohere because of electromagnetic force.
  2. To be consistent as part of a group.
    Members of the party would cohere in the message they were sending.


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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