When things cohere, they come together in a meaningful way. It wasn't until we won a game that our team finally cohered, and we actually felt like a unit.

Co- means "together," and here is from the Latin haerēre, "to stick." Put them together and you have "to stick together." When people work together on a project, it's important that their ideas cohere, otherwise the work can seem disjointed and awkward. The beauty of the dance was in the timing: everyone was so in step that they seemed to cohere into one great mass of humanity. If the president's staff doesn't cohere into a cohesive unit, his policies will never come together either.

Definitions of cohere
  1. verb
    cause to form a united, orderly, and aesthetically consistent whole
    “Religion can cohere social groups”
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  2. verb
    have internal elements or parts logically connected so that aesthetic consistency results
    “the principles by which societies cohere
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    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  3. verb
    come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation
    “The sushi rice grains cohere
    synonyms: adhere, cleave, cling, stick
    adhere, bind, bond, hold fast, stick, stick to
    stick to firmly
    fasten with an adhesive material like glue
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    fit tightly, follow the contours of
    stick together
    clump together; as of bacteria, red blood cells, etc.
    haemagglutinate, hemagglutinate
    cause the clumping together (of red blood cells)
    type of:
    adjoin, contact, meet, touch
    be in direct physical contact with; make contact
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