- 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 non-existing
And what do we call the idea of a thing which we can conceive of as non-existing?Christianity and Greek Philosophy
Benjamin Franklin Cocker
If the reference refers to a non-existing block, it is not linked.Memorabilia Mathematica
Robert Edouard Moritz
Nothing but the unfolding, which is as yet in the non-existing future, can explain the manner of the close folding of character.Ceres' Runaway
Abolition of the right to settle or entail for non-existing lives.Charles Bradlaugh: a Record of His Life and Work, Volume II (of 2)
Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner and J. M. (John Mackinnon) Robertson
He could do as he pleased with one, who, to the world was practically a non-existing person.The Harlequin Opal, Vol. 3 (of 3)
- 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 non-existing
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.