- 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 existed
Another rumor that has existed since before The Empire Strikes Back was released.Juiciest ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Rumors (and Some Debunked Ones)
January 3, 2015
Make no mistake: The technology exists—has existed for a long while—to stop this from happening.Red Tape and Black Boxes: Why We Keep ‘Losing’ Airliners in 2014
December 29, 2014
What was not so well known was that there also existed an archive of color images from the war, the result of then new technology.The Best Coffee Table Books of 2014
December 13, 2014
And any semblance of normality that had previously existed seemed to have evaporated.How WWI Produced the Holocaust
November 21, 2014
And also we were introducing a whole team of characters that had not yet existed in the Marvel Universe.The Leaner, Meaner Season 2 of ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’
September 22, 2014
It existed but in two, and in one of these there was a plural executive.
Sir, it is not; it has existed for the last seven or eight years.
I have existed in a magic Bohemia, largely of my own making.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
All others, so far as she was concerned, existed only on the sufferance of remoteness.Weighed and Wanting
In 1642 Queen Henrietta Maria landed on whatever quay then existed.Yorkshire Painted And Described
- 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 existed
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.