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但也有多户合住一座四合院的情况,被称为“大杂院”,住户多为普通劳动人民。

This is from the Standard Course Book of HSK5, section 14.

What is the meaning of 合 (...户合住...)?My feeling is "together". Do you agree? Or it means something else (it has many definitions on dictionaries)?

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It is an adverb “jointly” for the verb “live” here

合 + v = [jointly + v] or [v + together]

但也有多户住一座四合院的情况

But there are situations that multiple families jointly living in one 四合院

Meaning a few households sharing a 四合院

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