Definitions for: Exist


[v] have an existence, be extant; "Is there a God?"
[v] support oneself; "he could barely exist on such a low wage"; "Can you live on $2000 a month in New York City?"; "Many people in the world have to subsist on $1 a day"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ex*ist", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Existed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Existing.] [L. existere, exsistere, to step out or forth,
emerge, appear, exist; ex out + sistere to cause to stand, to
set, put, place, stand still, fr. stare to stand: cf. F.
exister. See Stand.]
1. To be as a fact and not as a mode; to have an actual or
real being, whether material or spiritual.

Who now, alas! no more is missed Than if he never
did exist. --Swift.

To conceive the world . . . to have existed from
eternity. --South.

2. To be manifest in any manner; to continue to be; as, great
evils existed in his reign.

3. To live; to have life or the functions of vitality; as,
men can not exist water, nor fishes on land.

Syn: See Be.

Synonyms: be, live, subsist, survive

See Also: belong, breathe, coexist, come, consist, drift, dwell, endanger, flow, freewheel, hold, imperil, indwell, jeopardise, jeopardize, kick about, kick around, knock about, lie, lie in, menace, obtain, peril, preexist, prevail, threaten

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