- 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 exists
But the ads are not just intended to remind the Google-curious that Paul exists and is thinking about running for president.Rand Paul’s Passive-Aggressive Trolling Campaign
January 6, 2015
The lawless law enforcement in eastern Ukraine exists somewhere between Soviet rule and vigilante justice.The Corrupt Cops of Rebel-Held East Ukraine
December 11, 2014
It exists only in his memory, so he retreats into the confines of his mind.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero
October 28, 2014
There is no evidence that airborne Ebola exists anywhere outside of fear-mongering headlines.George Will, Fox News, and the Beginning of an Ebola Conspiracy
October 22, 2014
I am sure that this spirit of defending the roots of the same tribes also exists in you and the Turkish people.Dear Turkish PM: It’s Time to Act to Save Kobani’s Kurds
October 8, 2014
It exists, and goes forward, becoming a factor in the thought-life of our time.The Conquest of Fear
By what their good-humour is produced we know not; but that it exists we are certain.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
It is for that that the other exists; it is by that that the other comes.A Dish Of Orts
Then, if we do not know it, why do we affirm that it exists?
In other words, there exists a will, but there are no volitions.
- 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 exists
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.