verb (used without object)

to exist together or at the same time.
to exist separately or independently but peaceably, often while remaining rivals or adversaries: Although their ideologies differ greatly, the two great powers must coexist.

Origin of coexist

First recorded in 1670–80; co- + exist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for coexist

synchronize, coincide

Examples from the Web for coexist

Contemporary Examples of coexist

Historical Examples of coexist

  • The two, as is remarked above, may coexist in the same community.

  • When we love one of elevated condition, ambition may at first coexist with affection.


    John Tulloch

  • And will they coexist in this exalted state with the old objects of worship?

  • No question in theology is more embarrassing than the mode in which they coexist in God.

    Modern Skepticism

    C. J. Ellicott

  • This is not to say that age may not coexist with superiority, but that age, per se, is not superiority.

    Concerning Children

    Charlotte Perkins Gilman

British Dictionary definitions for coexist


verb (intr)

to exist together at the same time or in the same place
to exist together in peace
Derived Formscoexistence, nouncoexistent, adjective
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Word Origin and History for coexist

1670s, from co- + exist. Of political/economic systems (especially with reference to communism and the West) from 1931. Related: Coexisted; coexisting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper