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intransitive verb

[no object]
  • 1Be united; form a whole.

    ‘our mixed physical and spiritual natures cohere and mature’
    • ‘To cohere, the United States must ‘identify and build a common culture that overrides all of our particularities.’’
    • ‘Every seemingly insignificant, color-coded fragment of the picture's makeup coheres into a satisfying whole.’
    • ‘While the sensuousness of the recording's sounds gives it an immediate visceral appeal, it's the manner by which it coheres into a compositional whole that impresses most of all.’
    • ‘This fourth season was the first time the writers felt secure enough in their fan base to begin including these inside jokes regularly, and it coheres much more than any previous season.’
    • ‘At a first stage, a group coheres thanks to family bonds, religious consensus, and the leadership of an individual of outstanding capabilities.’
    • ‘How the multiple terms of this work cohere depends on the viewer's individual experience and perception as much as on the artist's suggestion.’
    • ‘Everything here is so much more precisely and deliberately laid out that it all coheres a lot more then in the deliberately non-coherent cartoon.’
    • ‘While the individual essays are well written and interesting, they do not address human nature and its deeper implications, nor do they cohere very well as a collection.’
    • ‘The extent to which it all coheres is still a matter for debate.’
    • ‘This CD is a hodgepodge of elements that never cohere to become anything.’
    • ‘They make sure the verbal and visual elements of the story cohere.’
    • ‘The driving motif around which Dostoevsky's life and work cohere is not the conflict between ‘reason and irrational faith.’’
    • ‘This live set coheres so well that it's hard to believe these two could have been doing anything but paying full attention to one another.’
    • ‘He presents a noble, principled defence of the cooperative movement which coheres into a highly readable text.’
    • ‘For example, I can hum large stretches of the Rhapsody without having to work at it, which for me means that it coheres.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, the movement coheres and says what it needs to without resorting to rhetorical inflation.’
    • ‘Clearly, he has pursued a research program that has cohered around a common theme: the political and economic strategies of elites in ancient or traditional societies.’
    • ‘Perhaps their relationship cohered in an earlier version of the screenplay, but in the film it's hard to guess how.’
    • ‘Clusters of sketches within each episode cohered around clear themes: nostalgia and television in episode 3 or political correctness in episode 9.’
    • ‘The swarm of insectile buzzing quickly cohered and built to a climax until it, too, was gone forever - without fadeout or explanation.’
    stick together, hold together, be united, bind, cling, fuse, form a whole
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  • 2(of an argument or theory) be logically consistent.

    ‘this view does not cohere with their other beliefs’
    • ‘I believe that the ultimate test of a theory of justice is that it cohere with our considered convictions of justice.’
    • ‘The link between this and higher taxes in Britain, is that their interest rates would have to fall to cohere with eurozone rates and the UK Treasury suggests the impact would be inflationary.’
    • ‘If a moral theory fails significantly to cohere with our moral beliefs, this undermines the theory's ability to be justified to us.’
    • ‘To be admissible, this interpretation must also cohere with our current philosophical and scientific theories about the subject in question.’
    • ‘I'm not convinced yet that the State Department country reports alter their analyses to cohere with broader government foreign policy goals.’
    • ‘The findings obtained with this Finnish material can cohere with prior comparable research in other markets, as is referenced in the text wherever applicable.’
    • ‘The four essays do cohere around some basic shared presuppositions, stances, and hermeneutics.’
    • ‘The topics of this bibliography, however, do not cohere with the chapter topics, which makes the bibliography more of a stand-alone resource.’
    • ‘For a proposition to be justified it must, at the very least, cohere with other propositions that one has adopted.’
    • ‘It makes sense to follow such teachings only if they cohere with the truths of modern science.’
    • ‘Despite tireless efforts to show that their values cohere in a single vision of the good, they do not and never will.’
    • ‘The latter would cohere more easily with our objective of pursuing the national aim of environmentally friendly farming in Ireland.’
    • ‘She sees this view as cohering with the general concept of fitness that she locates in Clarke and his followers.’
    • ‘The laws of physics are put beyond doubt by the fact that they cohere well with what the metaphysics presents as the nature of matter.’
    • ‘Emerson's basic view of religion also coheres with his emphasis on process, for he holds that one finds God only in the present.’
    • ‘It could profitably be read alongside her new book, which largely coheres with Denny's project and was published nearly simultaneously.’
    • ‘In the interests of character development, a passion play would do well to portray Caiaphas in this Johannine way, especially since it coheres with the historical realities of the time.’
    • ‘He insists, we must ask whether the sense of God as operative in actual religious awareness coheres with contemporary scientific understanding.’
    • ‘This fact coheres with both the general literature and our previous findings on the relationship between intimacy variables and offender type.’
    • ‘Such an approach coheres better with normative Anglicanism.’
    be consistent, hang together
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/kōˈhir/ /koʊˈhɪr/


Mid 16th century from Latin cohaerere, from co- ‘together’ + haerere ‘to stick’.