- to have actual being; be: The world exists, whether you like it or not.
- to have life or animation; live.
- to continue to be or live: Belief in magic still exists.
- to have being in a specified place or under certain conditions; be found; occur: Hunger exists in many parts of the world.
- to achieve the basic needs of existence, as food and shelter: He's not living, he's merely existing.
Origin of exist
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Examples from the Web for exist
What conflicts do exist between them derive from misunderstanding and accident.The 2014 Novel of the Year
December 29, 2014
While it does service the community, it also gives them a place to call home and exist without any stigmas from the outside world.The LGBT Center That Changed Our Lives
December 22, 2014
Both projects only exist because internet.org enables users to access info via the Internet for free.Silicon Valley Sets Its Sights on Africa
December 22, 2014
Methane could be produced by microbes on Mars, too, if they exist in enough numbers.Methane on Mars: Life or Just Gas?
Matthew R. Francis
December 17, 2014
Currently, real-time surveillance systems of disease do not exist.The Secret to Tracking Ebola, MERS, and Flu? Sewers
November 29, 2014
If any exist they ought to be ascertained and guarded against.
Neither will it satisfy me to have her exist merely in idea.The Hall of Fantasy (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
As a matter of fact, we dig a gulf between the material and the spiritual which does not exist.
Difficulties to conquer can only exist side by side with the possibility of not conquering them.
Those content to put up with the worst may exist upon the half.The Roof of France
- to have being or reality; to be
- to eke out a living; stay alive; surviveI can barely exist on this wage
- to be living; live
- to be present under specified conditions or in a specified placesharks exist in the Pacific
- to be actual rather than merely possible
- to be a member of the domain of some theory, an element of some possible world, etc
- to have contingent being while free, responsible, and aware of one's situation
Word Origin and History for exist
c.1600, from French exister (17c.), from Latin existere/exsistere "to step out, stand forth, emerge, appear; exist, be" (see existence). "The late appearance of the word is remarkable" [OED]. Related: Existed; existing.