- to exist; continue in existence.
- to remain alive; live, as on food, resources, etc.
- to have existence in, or by reason of, something.
- to reside, lie, or consist (usually followed by in).
- to have timeless or abstract existence, as a number, relation, etc.
- to have existence, especially independent existence.
- to provide sustenance or support for; maintain.
Origin of subsist
Examples from the Web for subsisting
In order to play the gaunt Woodroof, McConaughey went from 182 pounds to 135, subsisting on what he calls “a controlled diet.”Matthew McConaughey In ‘Dallas Buyers Club’: From Bongos to Oscar Contender
October 30, 2013
Soon he was subsisting largely on sugared espresso, canned sardines, and peanut butter.Green Snot and Deadly Snakes: Napoleon Chagnon’s Anthropological Battles
February 19, 2013
He was subsisting on frogs, edible roots, and water from the river.Ray Gardner Used Autism Training To Find William LaFever
July 14, 2012
They are therefore reduced to the necessity of subsisting upon traffic.Letters on England
Were they to remain there all their lives, subsisting precariously on game and roots?The Bush Boys
Captain Mayne Reid
That it is capable of subsisting this and a much greater population has, I think, been sufficiently proved.
He thinks we're a dead people, if a people; "subsisting on our fat," as Colney says.'One of Our Conquerors, Complete
If it is subsisting, he must pay the penalty, and the courts will ultimately determine that.
- (often foll by on) to be sustained; manage to liveto subsist on milk
- to continue in existence
- (foll by in) to lie or reside by virtue (of); consist
- to exist as a concept or relation rather than a fact
- to be conceivable
- (tr) obsolete to provide with support
Word Origin and History for subsisting
1540s, "to exist," from Latin subsistere "to stand still or firm," (see subsistence). Meaning "to support oneself" (in a certain way) is from 1640s. Related: Subsisted; subsisting.